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 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016 sessions.

    Committee Assignments
    (2018, 2019)

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

    (2016, 2017)

    • Health, Welfare and Institutions
    • Science and Technology

     

    Legislation (2019)

    Introduced (Patron) Chief Co-Patron Co-Patron

    Budget Amendment to Fund Live Streaming and Archiving of Subcommittees (HB1700)

    Filming subcomittees has the support of 85 Members of the House of Delegates and Senate. I have worked closely with my VTC co-founder Republican Senator Amanda Chase on this initiative. She and I disagree on most partisan issues, but we are steadfast allies on transparency.

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    Banning Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (HB 2421)

    This comprehensive legislation would ban discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, banking, insurance, apprenticeships, and every other place I could find in the Code of Virginia.

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    Strengthening Our Democracy (HB 2422)

    Changing our national system of electing the President of the United States from the Electoral College to the National Popular Vote. This bill would enter Virginia into an interstate compact known as the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote. If it succeeds, we will only need states comprising 85 more electoral votes to end this scourge on American democracy forever.

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    Banning Discrimination on the basis of gender at dry cleaners and laundries (HB 2423)

    This bill would ensure the cost of cleaning women's clothes would not cost more than the cost of cleaning men's clothes (or vice versa), unless a particular articles of clothing legitimately costs more for the establishment to clean.

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    Increasing Transparency in Criminal Justice (HB 2424)

    Mandating the adoption and establishment of written policies for the operation of body-worn camera systems by police departments

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    Increasing Transparency in Health Care: monitoring of health care-associated infections (HB 2425)Law

    Requiring health-care facilities to monitor and report information regarding infections received in health-care settings to the State Department of Health

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    Increasing Transparency in Health Care: Dispensing of controlled substances; advance disclosure of charge(HB 2426)

    Requiring pharmacies and physicians to disclose the cost of a medication prior to dispensing it. It is my hope that this knowledge will increase competition and allow consumers to make the most price-conscious choice

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    Legislation (2018)

    Introduced (Patron) Chief Co-Patron Co-Patron

    Local alternative minimum wage (HB 39)

    Establishes a procedure by which a local alternative minimum wage may be imposed in any locality.

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    Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program (HB 40)

    Entitles individuals to a family and medical leave insurance (FMLI) benefit payment for each month they are engaged in qualified caregiving, not to exceed 60 qualified caregiving days per year.

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    Mechanical devices designed to increase the rate of fire of firearms; penalty (HB 41)

    Prohibits the manufacture, import, sale or offer to sell, possession, transfer, or transportation of any device used to increase the rate of fire of any semi-automatic firearm beyond the capability of an unaided person to operate the trigger mechanism of that firearm. A violation is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.

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    Alcoholic beverage control (HB 136)

    Allows annual mixed beverage special events licenses to be issued to localities for use at museums or other facilities owned by the locality and used primarily for historic interpretation.

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    Marijuana possession or distribution for medical purposes (HB 137)

    Provides an affirmative defense to prosecution for possession of marijuana if a person has a valid written certification issued by a practitioner for cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil for treatment of, or to alleviate the symptoms of, cancer.

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    Fornication; repeals crime (HB 138)

    Repeals the crime of fornication, i.e., voluntary sexual intercourse by an unmarried person.

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    Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks, penalty (HB 140)

    Requires a background check for any firearm transfer and requires the Department of State Police to establish a process for transferors to obtain such a check from licensed firearms dealers. A transferor who fails to obtain a required background check and sells the firearm to another person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. 

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    Legislation (2017)

    Introduced (Patron) Chief Co-Patron Co-Patron

    Paid family & medical leave for both parents. (HB 2126)

    Modeled on Kirsten Gillibrand's U.S. Senate bill, my legislation would support up to 60 days of family/medical leave at two thirds of normal income, at the cost of only 0.2% matching contributions by employees and employers.

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    Physical Evidence Recovery Kits (PERKs) storage. (HB 2127) Law

    This bill does two things.  First, it guarantees that evidence of sexual assault will be preserved until at least age 28. Second, it gives survivors of sexual assault (of any age) the option of extending the storage of evidence by 10 years at a time--as many times as they want--if they are not ready to pursue charges at that time.

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    Legislation (2016)

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

    Raising the Minimum Wage - Full Testimony (HB 995)

    Mark Levine and advocates for raising the minimum wage presented a strong case for a locality by locality wage hike. The bill was then tabled for the year by the Republicans on the subcommittee on a party-line vote.

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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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