Delegate Mark Levine Announces ‘Transparency Caucus’

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45th District Delegate (Alexandria & Arlington) Mark Levine this week officially got sworn in this week and made this announcement.

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Today, two Freshman Legislators in the Virginia General Assembly formed the Virginia Transparency Caucus to make proceedings in the Virginia Legislature more open to the public.

In-coming Delegate Mark Levine (D-Alexandria) and in-coming Senator Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield) could not be more different ideologically. Democrat Delegate Levine hails from liberal Alexandria Virginia, while Republican Senator Chase represents conservative Chesterfield County. Both won contested multi-party primaries that neither was expected to win. Yet despite their differences in party, ideology, and geography, both share a passionate concern for openness in Government.

Levine and Chase do not believe the public recording of proceedings on the Floor of the House of Delegates and Senate suffice. Woodrow Wilson famously wrote in 1885, “Congress in session is Congress on public exhibition, whilst Congress in its committee rooms is Congress at work.” The same could be said about the Virginia General Assembly. The most important work in debating, amending, approving, and rejecting proposed legislation occurs in committee and subcommittee rooms. Yet much of this vital work is never recorded. Although the hearings are public and some records are kept, the vast majority of the press and public do not get essential details as to why legislation is approved or discarded by their elected representatives.

Chase and Levine seek to change this pattern by bringing a ray of sunlight into committee proceedings.

Read more at this link.