Mark's Bills

I believe constituents have a right to know what their elected representatives are up to, particularly with regard to legislation they introduce. I plan to uphold what I call the Gold Standard of Transparency by directing my staff to video-record the proceedings on each of my bills as they come before subcommittee and committee. That way, every constituent can know exactly what was said and done on each of the 20 or so bills I introduce.  Scroll down to see my bills for the 2017 and 2016 sessions.

    Committee Assignments (2016, 2017)

    • Health, Welfare and Institutions
    • Science and Technology

     

    Legislation (2017)

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    Stop Predatory Towing! (HB2132)

    This bill would allow a locality to include on its towing advisory board equal numbers of representatives from (i) local law-enforcement agencies (ii) towing operators, (iii) business owners, and (iv) the general public.  

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    Recount Procedures (HB 2133)

    In the case of a recount election in Virginia (whether local or statewide) HB 2133 would require 1% of each voting locality's ballots to be counted by hand and tested against two voting machines used at that location. If any results in that sample turn out to have been miscounted by the machine, it would trigger a full recount for that voting location.

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    Body Camera Policies (HB 2134)

    I firmly support police body cameras. In difficult situations involving use of force by law enforcement, it helps all of us to know exactly what happened so that justice can be served.

    In 2016 I introduced an ambitious bill on body cameras, with detailed requirements concerning use of cameras, storage of footage, etc.  This year's bill was minimal in an attempt to get all parties on board: if a police department chooses to implement body cameras, the bill would have required that the department have a written policy on body cameras adopted after public comment. Uniquely in an environment of distrust, my legislation was supported by both Virginia law enforcement and the NAACP.

    However, even this bare-bones policy met with skepticism, and the bill died once more in subcommittee. I will try again next year.

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    Legislation (2016)

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    Online Gun Sale Background Checks (HB 1000)

    Mark Levine proposed a common sense addition to Virginia's gun sale regulations - regulate sales online to keep our families safe. Republicans on the subcommittee killed the bill, which would have kept criminals from buying guns illegally.

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    Keep Terrorists from Purchasing Firearms (HB 1001)

    Mark Levine called for the addition of those on the terrorist "no-fly" list to Virginia's gun sale background checks. Unfortunately, Republicans on the subcommittee tabled the bill, proving once again they are more concerned with their NRA ratings than reasonable gun sale legislation.

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    Budget Amendments for law-enforcement agencies (HB 998)

    Mark Levine offered a budget amendment to direct funds in the budget to local law enforcement agencies for body cameras.

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