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

    Infected sexual battery; knowledge of convicted person (HB 864)

    Decriminalizes HIV-positive people by aligning Virginia's infected sexual battery law with the most up-to-date public health best practices. 

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    Misdemeanor drug offenses, certain; expungement (HB 865)

    Allows people who have served their time to expunge a non-violent drug possession offense. Both of these expungement bills allow ex-offenders to more freely rejoin society productively.

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    Education preparation programs; teacher licensure, certain coursework, training, or instruction (HB 894)

    Requires all incoming public school teachers to have training in best practices for conflict prevention and de-escalation. This will help schools avoid restraint and seclusion wherever possible when working with disruptive students. Thank you to Alexandria School Board member Meagan Alderton and advocate for people with autism Alex Sprague for helping me to formulate this proposal.

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    Campaign contribution limits; civil penalty (HB 895)

    Limits campaign contributions by tying Virginia's campaign contribution limit to the federal limit (currently $2,800 per election cycle, and $5,600 per year). Currently, Virginia allows unlimited contributions. One Illinois billionaire gave half a million dollars to a single Republican delegate running in November 2019.

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    Restricted firearm ammunition; penalty (HB 899)

    Bans non-law enforcement from owning or selling "cop-killer" armor-piercing bullets like those that are Teflon-coated.

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    Firearms; prohibition on possession, purchase, or transport following certain convictions (HB 900)

    Prohibits a person who has been convicted of domestic violence from possessing a firearm.

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    Preliminary protective orders; hearing dates (HB 919)

    Helps victims of domestic violence by simplifying the process to obtain preliminary protective orders by giving judges discretion to hear civil cases on the same days as a criminal case involving the same parties.

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    Legislation (2019)

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

    Improving access to protective orders: hearing by two-way electronic video and audio communication (HB 2428)

    Permitting courts to utilize two-way electronic video and audio communication system that would enable victims to appear before the court if they are unable to be physically present in the courtroom (e.g., if they are hospitalized)

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    Improving access to protective orders: hearing dates (HB 2429)

    Allowing courts to consolidate protective-order hearings with a defendant's related criminal offense

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    Legislation (2018)

    Introduced (Patron) Chief Co-Patron Co-Patron

    Local law-enforcement agencies; body-worn camera systems (HB 402)

    Requires localities to adopt and establish a written policy for the operation of a body-worn camera system, as defined in the bill, that conforms to the model policy established by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (the Department) prior to purchasing or deploying a body-worn camera system.

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    Voter registration; automatic voter registration (HB 403)

    Provides for the automatic electronic transmission by the Department of Motor Vehicles to the Department of Elections of certain information for any person coming into an office of the Department of Motor Vehicles or accessing its website in order to (i) apply for, replace, or renew a driver's license, (ii) apply for, replace, or renew a special identification card, or (iii) change an address on an existing driver's license or special identification card if the Department of Motor Vehicles records indicate that he (a) is a United States citizen, (b) is 17 years of age or older, and (c) at the time of the transaction does not decline to have his information transmitted to the Department of Elections for voter registration purposes.

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    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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