Mark Sickles

Proposed Va. bill would protect against workplace discrimination based on disability

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – A proposed bill in the Virginia House of Delegates would protect people with disabilities from workforce discrimination.

Del. Mark Sickles, D-Fairfax, introduced House Bill 1848 as an amendment to the Virginia Human Rights Act. The bill would extend discrimination protections to employment, housing and public accommodations for those with disabilities.

“HB 1848 amends last year’s Virginia Values Act to make sure Virginians will all abilities can fully participate in our economy if reasonable accommodations can be made in the workplace,” Sickles said in a statement. “Virginia should be a place for all people, regardless of ability, to live and work free from discrimination.”

Two bills that will expand the already live Virginia sports betting market are just a few steps from the governor’s desk.

HB 1847 from Del. Mark Sickles and SB 1254 from Sen. Jeremy McPike were identical bills at the beginning of the session. The bills clarified a few details from last year’s enabling sports betting legislation, including which VA sports betting licenses counted against a mobile-license limit and betting on amateur sports.

The House threw the process for a bit of a loop, however, when it requested language to promote minority participation in the process. The Senate initially rejected the language but eventually accepted the House version after input from the Virginia Lottery.

Virginia lawmakers voted 54-44 on Friday to approve a bill for providing home care workers with paid sick leave, which had been a divisive issue even among Democrats who control the Senate in the state.

The compromise measure would allow up to five sick days a year, or more if an employer chooses a higher limit, for home care workers serving Medicaid patients. Advocates of the bill said there are about 30,000 such workers in Virginia. State lawmakers also were expected to approve a budget agreement, which will fund the measure with public money, though Del. Mark Sickles was quick to add that the bill’s passage would not affect the private sector “whatsoever.”

The bill now goes to Gov. Ralph Northam (D) for his approval.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 43 since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Mark Sickles was first elected Delegate for the 43rd District in 2004. The 43rd District includes parts of Fairfax County.

Mark Sickles is Chair of the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee, Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee and is a member of Privileges and Elections and Rules committees. Delegate Sickles is currently the House Democratic Caucus Deputy Minority Leader.

Gail Parker

Current Position: Retired Air Force Officer
Affiliation: Green
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Mark Sickles 1Mark Sickles

Current Position: State Delegate for District 43 since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Mark Sickles was first elected Delegate for the 43rd District in 2004. The 43rd District includes parts of Fairfax County.

Mark Sickles is Chair of the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee, Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee and is a member of Privileges and Elections and Rules committees. Delegate Sickles is currently the House Democratic Caucus Deputy Minority Leader.

Proposed Va. bill would protect against workplace discrimination based on disability

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – A proposed bill in the Virginia House of Delegates would protect people with disabilities from workforce discrimination.

Del. Mark Sickles, D-Fairfax, introduced House Bill 1848 as an amendment to the Virginia Human Rights Act. The bill would extend discrimination protections to employment, housing and public accommodations for those with disabilities.

“HB 1848 amends last year’s Virginia Values Act to make sure Virginians will all abilities can fully participate in our economy if reasonable accommodations can be made in the workplace,” Sickles said in a statement. “Virginia should be a place for all people, regardless of ability, to live and work free from discrimination.”

Two bills that will expand the already live Virginia sports betting market are just a few steps from the governor’s desk.

HB 1847 from Del. Mark Sickles and SB 1254 from Sen. Jeremy McPike were identical bills at the beginning of the session. The bills clarified a few details from last year’s enabling sports betting legislation, including which VA sports betting licenses counted against a mobile-license limit and betting on amateur sports.

The House threw the process for a bit of a loop, however, when it requested language to promote minority participation in the process. The Senate initially rejected the language but eventually accepted the House version after input from the Virginia Lottery.

Virginia lawmakers voted 54-44 on Friday to approve a bill for providing home care workers with paid sick leave, which had been a divisive issue even among Democrats who control the Senate in the state.

The compromise measure would allow up to five sick days a year, or more if an employer chooses a higher limit, for home care workers serving Medicaid patients. Advocates of the bill said there are about 30,000 such workers in Virginia. State lawmakers also were expected to approve a budget agreement, which will fund the measure with public money, though Del. Mark Sickles was quick to add that the bill’s passage would not affect the private sector “whatsoever.”

The bill now goes to Gov. Ralph Northam (D) for his approval.

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Proposed Va. bill would protect against workplace discrimination based on disability

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – A proposed bill in the Virginia House of Delegates would protect people with disabilities from workforce discrimination.

Del. Mark Sickles, D-Fairfax, introduced House Bill 1848 as an amendment to the Virginia Human Rights Act. The bill would extend discrimination protections to employment, housing and public accommodations for those with disabilities.

“HB 1848 amends last year’s Virginia Values Act to make sure Virginians will all abilities can fully participate in our economy if reasonable accommodations can be made in the workplace,” Sickles said in a statement. “Virginia should be a place for all people, regardless of ability, to live and work free from discrimination.”

Two bills that will expand the already live Virginia sports betting market are just a few steps from the governor’s desk.

HB 1847 from Del. Mark Sickles and SB 1254 from Sen. Jeremy McPike were identical bills at the beginning of the session. The bills clarified a few details from last year’s enabling sports betting legislation, including which VA sports betting licenses counted against a mobile-license limit and betting on amateur sports.

The House threw the process for a bit of a loop, however, when it requested language to promote minority participation in the process. The Senate initially rejected the language but eventually accepted the House version after input from the Virginia Lottery.

Virginia lawmakers voted 54-44 on Friday to approve a bill for providing home care workers with paid sick leave, which had been a divisive issue even among Democrats who control the Senate in the state.

The compromise measure would allow up to five sick days a year, or more if an employer chooses a higher limit, for home care workers serving Medicaid patients. Advocates of the bill said there are about 30,000 such workers in Virginia. State lawmakers also were expected to approve a budget agreement, which will fund the measure with public money, though Del. Mark Sickles was quick to add that the bill’s passage would not affect the private sector “whatsoever.”

The bill now goes to Gov. Ralph Northam (D) for his approval.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 43 since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Mark Sickles was first elected Delegate for the 43rd District in 2004. The 43rd District includes parts of Fairfax County.

Mark Sickles is Chair of the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee, Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee and is a member of Privileges and Elections and Rules committees. Delegate Sickles is currently the House Democratic Caucus Deputy Minority Leader.

About

Mark Sickles

Source: Campaign page

The son of a proud, 39-year federal worker, Delegate Mark Sickles was born in Arlington, raised in Annandale, and now lives in Huntington.  He has represented the 43rd House District – centered in the Franconia, Kingstowne, Huntington, Lorton, and Ft. Belvoir neighborhoods of South Fairfax County – since 2004.

In 2011, he was elected Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, serving as chair through the summer of 2014. Mark is currently the House Democratic Caucus Deputy Minority Leader.

Mark began his public service as a volunteer in the local political and civic life of Lee District. He worked on several campaigns, including those of former Delegate Gladys Keating and the late State Senator Joe Gartlan. He was a volunteer legislative assistant for Delegate Keating for three legislative sessions, during which she served as the first woman chair of what is now the Commerce and Labor Committee. From 1995 to 1998, he served as Chairman of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee.

In civic life, he was appointed by Supervisor Joe Alexander to the Fairfax County Library Board, staying for 11 years with one term as Chairman. He also served as President of United Community Ministries – a social-service non-profit providing employment services, aid to the homeless, and high-quality daycare to low-income children – during a six-year term on its board.

Mark has worked in government relations for 27 years, developing expertise in Congressional affairs and knowledge of the workings of the federal agencies.  He has two Masters Degrees from Georgia Tech and a B.S. from Clemson University.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Government relations
    1992 to present

Education

  • Master of Science, industrial management
    Georgia Tech
    2019 to 1984
  • M.S. in Technology and Science Policy
    Georgia Tech
    2019 to 1986
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management
    Clemson University
    2019 to 1981

Personal

Birth Year: 1957
Place of Birth: Arlington, VA
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Presbyterian
Membership & Affiliation: Old Presbyterian Meeting House
United Community Ministries (former president)
Fairfax County Public Library (former chairman)
Northern Virginia Democratic Business Council
Virginia Commission on Coal and Energy
Joint Subcommittee Studying Bioscience and Biotechnology in the Commonwealth (former member, former chairman)
Joint Commission on Technology and Science
George Mason School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Advisory Board
Substance Abuse Services Council (former member)
Commission on Military and National Security Facilities (former member)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Ilana Creinin
Administrative Assistant During Session: Pam Stump

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1043

District Office
P.O. Box 10628
Franconia, VA 22310

Phone: (703) 922-6440

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Mark D. Sickles (born February 18, 1957) is an American politician. He has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2004, representing the 43rd district in the Fairfax County suburbs of Washington, D.C. Sickles is a member of the Democratic Party; he has been the House minority caucus chair since 2012. He announced in a Washington Post opinion piece that he is gay. This makes him the second openly gay member of the Virginia General Assembly after Senator Adam Ebbin.Sickles has served on the House committees on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (2010–), Commerce and Labor (2006–2009), Health, Welfare and Institutions (2004–) and Privileges and Elections (2004–).

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Mark D. Sickles (D)15,93977.80%
G. Gail Parker ()4,21720.58%
Write-In (Write-in)3301.61%
TOTAL20,486

2017 State Delegate

Mark Sickles (D)22,09493.3%
Write In (Write-in)1,5766.7%
TOTAL23,670

Source: Campaign

Finances

SICKLES, MARK D has run in 9 races for public office, winning 8 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,062,574.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Privileges and Elections
Health, Welfare and Institutions
Appropriations

Subcommittees

Appropriations – Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee
Appropriations – Health and Human Resources Subcommittee
Appropriations – Transportation Subcommittee
Health, Welfare and Institutions – Subcommittee #1
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #1

Appointments

Aerospace Advisory Council
Coal and Energy, Virginia
Commission on Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee
Health and Human Resources Oversight, Joint Subcommittee for
House Appropriations
House Elections Subcommittee
House Health Welfare and Institutions
House Privileges and Elections
MEI Project Approval Commission
Prevention and Response Protocol Subcommittee
Reapportionment Joint Committee
State Training Centers, The Special Joint Subcommittee to
Consult on the Plan to Close Technology and Science, Joint Commission on

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Gail ParkerGail Parker

Current Position: Retired Air Force Officer
Affiliation: Green
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Retired Air Force Officer
Affiliation: Green
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Gail Parker 1

Source: Ballotpedia

Gail Parker (Independent Green Party) is a candidate seeking election to the Virginia House of Delegates to represent District 43. Parker is running in the general election on November 5, 2019.

Parker was a 2016 independent candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional Districtof Virginia.

Parker was a 2014 Independent Green Party candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Virginia.[2] Gail Parker lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

She was a 2013 Green Party candidate for District 43 of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Parker was a 2012 independent candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional Districtof Virginia. She was defeated by Rob Wittman on November 6, 2012.

Parker also ran for the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009.Parker holds an undergraduate degree in business management and a graduate degree in business administration. She also holds a software engineering administration certificate and an information system security professional certification. Parker worked as a financial manager for the U.S. Air Force’s Research and Development operations. She has also worked as an elections official.[5]

Experience

Work Experience

  • Financial Manager
    United States Air Force Research & Development Operations
  • Retired Officer
    United States Air Force
  • Senior Consultant
    SOL Consulting Group
  • Former Consultant
    SteppingStone Industries, Inc
  • Consultant
    ACT-1
  • Senior Consultant
    Herizon Industries

Education

  • BA in Business Management
    Central Oklahoma State University
  • MBA – Business Administration
    Central Michigan University

Awards

Software Engineering Administration Certificate holder

Information System Security Professional Certificate holder

Personal

Membership & Affiliation

Contact

Email:

Offices

Gail Parker Contributions Office
5904 Mount Eagle Drive, Unit 1118, Alexandria, VA 22303

Web

Twitter

Twitter

Politics

Source: Vote Smart

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, Virginia, District 1, 2016
Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 1, 2014
Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 1, 2012
Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 1, 2010
Candidate, Virginia House of Delegates, District 44, 2005, 2009
Candidate, United States President, 2008
Candidate, United States Senate, 2006, 2008

Finances

Source: Follow the Money

Issues

Governance

Cutting Dependency on Foreign Oil

Environment

Clean Air

Clean Water

Rail Transit

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