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 (2017)

    Introduced (Patron) Chief Co-Patron Co-Patron

    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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    Medical Marijuana (HB 2135)

    Cannabinoid oils have been shown to cause apoptosis in cancer cells (killing them), and can be used in place of dangerous opioid drugs in treating pain for many ailments. I have introduced legislation to allow these oils to be used by cancer patients in Virginia, and will continue to advocate on this issue.

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    Legislation (2016)

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

    Easing Access to Voting (HB 1004)

    Mark Levine fought for an easier voting process by allowing poll workers to photograph voters without photo identification, making their vote count right then rather than be a provisionally cast ballot. Republicans on the subcommittee killed the bill, continuing their history of attempting to restrict voting rights.

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    VA Human Rights Act (HB 1005)

    Mark Levine fought for the right of every human being to live without discriminatory practices - an ideal that the Republicans who killed the bill unfortunately aren't ready for.

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