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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    Protecting free speech against intimidation lawsuits (HB 2446)

    When I joined other locals and protested the opening of a gun store in Arlington, the owners of the store sued us, hoping to intimidate us into being silent. When we didn't back down, they dismissed the lawsuit because they knew that they would lose. Since many people cannot afford the time & counsel to defend against frivolous lawsuits like this (known as SLAPPs) I have introduced legislation prohibiting lawsuits intended to prevent people from exercising their constitutional right to protest.

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    Allowing Virginians to re-elect future governors (HJ 699)

    Currently, citizens of 49 States can re-elect their governor if the job is being done well. Virginia is the only exception, and I have proposed to change this rule. My amendment would only apply to governors elected after it goes into effect, giving no partisan benefit to the last few governors who were Democrats.

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    Expanding Broadband Internet in Rural Virginia (HJ 700)

    In my discussions with constituents, you have frequently expressed a desire to reach out and help rural Virginia, which has not seen the same levels of growth as the 45th district.  To that end, I have proposed both a study and a budget amendment with the goal of expanding Virginians' access to broadband internet.  Internet access is a crucial driver of economic productivity.  The study was not given a hearing, but the budget amendment hearing is below.

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    Legislation (2016)

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    Defends Expungement Bill (HB 996)

    Virginia State Delegate Mark Levine proposed that non-violent drug possession offenders get one chance to remove their charge from their records so they could apply for jobs years later. Republicans on the Committee defeated the bill on a party-line vote.

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