Representing Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax

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
    (2018)

    • Health, Welfare and Institutions
    • Militia, Police and Public Safety

    (2016, 2017)

    • Health, Welfare and Institutions
    • Science and Technology

     

    Legislation (2018)

    Introduced (Patron) Chief Co-Patron Co-Patron

    Cruelty to animals; treatment for violation; ownership of animals (HB 425)

    Prohibits a person convicted of an animal cruelty violation from possession or ownership of a companion animal. Current law authorizes a court to prohibit possession or ownership at its discretion.

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    Careless driving; cause of injury to vulnerable road user, penalty (HB 426)

    Provides that a person who operates a motor vehicle in a careless or distracted manner and causes of serious bodily injury to a pedestrian or person riding a bicycle, electric wheelchair, electric bicycle, wheel chair, skateboard, skates, foot-scooter, animal, or animal-drawn vehicle is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

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    Motor vehicle fuels sales tax in certain transportation districts (HB 699)

    Provides that the tax that is imposed on the sales price of motor fuel in Northern Virginia shall be imposed on the regional price of gas, defined and computed as a six-month average price of fuel. The tax shall not be imposed on a regional price that is less that a gallon of gasoline on February 20, 2013, nor shall it be imposed a price that is more than $4 per gallon. The bill also raises the rate of taxation of motor fuel in Northern Virginia from 2.1% to 3%.

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    General Assembly meetings; streaming and recording (HB 701)

    Requires that the Clerk of the House of Delegates and the Clerk of the Senate stream with closed captioning and record (i) every subcommittee or committee meeting of a standing committee of the General Assembly, regardless of meeting date, and (ii) every floor session of the House of Delegates or the Senate, including any joint session of the houses. The bill defines a meeting as one the date and time of which have been scheduled on a public website of any agency of the General Assembly for at least one hour prior to the meeting and that takes place in the State Capitol, the Pocahontas Building, or the General Assembly Building in Richmond.

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    Libraries; assessment for costs in civil actions, disbursement for law libraries (HB 702)

    Increases from $4 to $7 the assessment a county, city, or town may make as part of the costs incident to each civil action filed in the courts located within its boundaries.

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    Custody and visitation agreements; best interests of the child; other violent abuse (HB 807)

    Custody and visitation agreements; best interests of the child; other violent abuse.

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    Control of firearms by localities; lawful demonstrations and protests (HB 814)

    Allows a locality to adopt an ordinance that prohibits the possession, carrying, transporting, or storing of any weapon, firearm, ammunition, or components or combination thereof within 1,000 feet of a demonstration, march, parade, protest, rally, or other similar event. Such an ordinance shall not apply to any law-enforcement officer, armed security officer, member of the Armed Forces of the United States, member of the Armed Forces Reserves, or member of the National Guard acting in the performance of his lawful duties.

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    Legislation (2017)

    Introduced (Patron) Chief Co-Patron Co-Patron

    Protecting transportation funding with a gradual fuel tax. (HB 2130)

    Due to the volatility of gas prices, transportation funding tied to fuel taxes is inconsistent and often insufficient.  HB 2130 would, in the Northern Virginian counties with a need for greater public transportation funding, allow for a gradual increase in the fuel tax as the price of gas goes down, capped at $0.14/gallon.  The tax will remain at the higher level once raised, so that long-term transportation funding is increased.

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    Funding Law Libraries (HB 2131)

    This bill would allow Alexandria to increase funding for law libraries by increasing the tax on lawsuits by up to $3.

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    Legislation (2016)

    Introduced (Patron) Chief Co-Patron Co-Patron Budget Request

    Adoption of Successful California Family Medical Leave Act (HB 999)

    Mark Levine proposed that Virginia adopt a wildly successful plan from California that would have afforded Virginians paid leave for times when their families need them most - unfortunately Republicans once again sided with big business against working Virginians and their families.

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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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