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

    Firearms and ammunition; imposes additional sales and use tax, use of proceeds (HB 960)

    Increases the sales tax on purchases of firearms and ammunition by a few percentage points, with collected funds going to student mental health and safety.

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    Assault firearms, certain firearm magazines, etc; prohibiting sale, transport, etc., penalties (HB 961)

    An assault weapons ban introduced at the request of Governor Northam. It also bans high-capacity magazines, silencers, and bump stocks. The bill would allow people who currently own assault weapons and want to keep them to register them. The bill is similar to effective measures in nine other states and DC (and a federal law existing from 1994 to 2004), found by the courts to be constitutional.

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    Discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity (HB 1049)

    The most comprehensive LGBT-non-discrimination bill ever introduced in Virginia history. Every year I've served in Virginia, I have introduced this bill only to see it killed by Republicans. But this is the year I'm confident it will finally happen. The bill adds 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' to more than 70 places in the code. Wherever other discrimination is prohibited in Virginia, discrimination against rainbow Virginians will be prohibited as well.

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    Discrimination; prohibited in public accommodations, employment, credit, etc (HB 1050)

    Will bolster our current non-discrimination protections in employment and public accommodations. I am pleased to say that I have been working closely with Attorney General Mark Herring on this bill, and it has his full support. No Virginian should have to accept discrimination or less than full equality.

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    Child-placing agencies; conscience clause, discrimination (HB 1051)

    Prohibits state funds from going to adoption agencies that discriminate against people on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or status as a veteran.

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    Telecommunications services; provision by local governments (HB 1052)

    Allows localities to create locally-owned municipal broadband services like the very successful program in Chattanooga, which has the fastest internet in the country.

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    Voting systems; voter-verifiable paper record (HB 1053)

    Codifies an existing Executive Order that ensures every vote in the Commonwealth is backed up by a voter-verifiable paper record

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    Legislation (2019)

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

    Protecting Vulnerable People: communication between incapacitated persons & others, notification of relatives (HB 2430)

    Allowing Alzheimer's and other mentally incapacitated people to have visits from family members and other loved ones, unless good cause is shown to prevent these visits. This bill would prevent abusive guardians from withholding family contact for financial gain.

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    Raising the Minimum Wage (HB 2631)

    Allowing localities to set their own minimum wage. The cost of living is higher in Alexandria than in Abingdon. Why shouldn't our City Government be allowed to set a higher wage?

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    Legislation (2018)

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    Open-end credit plans (HB 404)

    Prohibits a creditor from extending credit under an open-end credit plan at an annual rate that exceeds 36 percent unless the credit is extended by the seller of personal, family, or household goods for the sole purpose of financing the purchase price.

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    Purchase, possession, or transportation of firearms following convictions for certain crimes (HB 405)

    Prohibits a person who has been convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery or assault and battery where the victim is a family or household member from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. A person who violates this provision is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

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    Legislation (2017)

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    Presidential tax returns/Compliance with Constitution (HB 2444)

    I have proposed legislation requiring candidates for President of the United States to disclose 10 years of prior tax returns as well as any foreign gifts or emoluments (in order to demonstrate compliance with Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution). This would be a prerequisite for the candidate to be listed on the Virginia state ballot, and would otherwise have no binding force on the candidates.

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    Reporting Predatory Loans (HB 2445)

    Predatory loans would make the activities of those providing predatory sub-consumer loans in Virginia more transparent by requiring them to be licensed (as many other types of loans are already!)

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    Legislation (2016)

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

    Easing Restrictions on Marriage Officiants (HB 1006)

    Mark Levine advocated for a common sense change to Virginia's outdated laws regulating who can marry two individuals. Currently marriage officiant liscences are approved at the local level to wildly different standards. Unfortunately, the Republicans on the subcommittee tabled the bill without a reason.

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    Strengthening Child Abuse Laws (HB 1009)

    Mark Levine offered a spirited defense, supported by several expert witnesses, of his effort to require judges to consider any abuse by either parent to any other human being when deliberating child custody cases. Unfortunately, House Republicans killed the bill despite powerful, personal testimony on this necessary legislation.

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