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 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016 sessions.

    Committee Assignments

    (2020)

    • Courts of Justice
    • Health, Welfare and Institutions
    • Privileges and Elections
    • Public Safety

    (2018, 2019)

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

    (2016, 2017)

    • Health, Welfare and Institutions
    • Science and Technology

     

    Legislation (2020)

    Introduced (Patron) Chief Co-Patron Co-Patron

    Public employees; collective bargaining (HB 327)

    Allows public sector employees to collectively bargain for better benefits and higher wages. 

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    Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program; funding by employee and employer taxes (HB 328)

    Creates a Paid Family Medical Leave program for Virginia workers so that people can care for loved ones without risking their financial security.

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    Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; notice of termination to contain legal services (HB 329)

    Helps those being evicted by giving them notice in Spanish and English of  both their legal rights and existing programs that help them avoid becoming homeless.

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    Appeal of involuntary admission order; possession of firearms, penalty (HB 450)

    Prohibits people who have been ordered locked up due to severe mental illness from possessing firearms. People experiencing mental illness are far more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators of violence. Suicide attempts using guns are the most likely to be fatal.

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    Best interests of the child; act of violence, force, or threat against an intimate partner, etc (HB 861)

    Ensure that any history of domestic violence and child abuse is taken into consideration when determining child custody.

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    Guardianship; communication between close relatives and friends of incapacitated persons (HB 862)

    Reforms our guardianship system to minimize forced isolation of people who've been deemed incapable of making their own decisions. 

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    Persons other than ministers who may celebrate rites of marriage; filing of the marriage record (HB 863)

    Makes it much easier for people who are not ordained ministers to officiate weddings. I have officiated three weddings myself in Virginia, and the process is needlessly burdensome. I believe everyone has a First Amendment right to perform wedding ceremonies, and current law discriminates on the basis of religion.

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    Legislation (2019)

    Click here for Mark's Letter on the 2019 Legislative Session Introduced (Patron) Chief Co-Patron Co-Patron

    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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    Increasing Transparency in Health Care: payment estimates (HB 2427)

    Requiring health-care providers to disclose the cost of nonemergency medical services prior to performing those services. Again, this is to allow consumers to save money and avoid unwelcome surprises (such as when their insurance doesn't cover a service they thought it did)

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    Legislation (2018)

    Introduced (Patron) Chief Co-Patron Co-Patron

    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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    Prohibited discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity (HB 401)

    Prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodation, public contracting, apprenticeship programs, housing, banking, and insurance on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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    Legislation (2017)

    Introduced (Patron) Chief Co-Patron Co-Patron

    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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    Legislation (2016)

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

    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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    Require Paper Receipt After Voting (HB 1003)

    Mark Levine successfully defends HB 1003 before subcommittee; this revenue-neutral proposal would ensure that every voter in Virginia has a paper record of their vote. It was reported unanimously out of subcommittee.

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