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Friday, April 30, 2021 10:35 AM

Del. Price's update on Maternal Health

In 2018, both Serena Williams and Beyonce opened up about their birth stories and went public with issues they encountered.  Their courage raised the issue for Del. Lashrecse Aird and me and we started speaking with family members and constituents and found so many people retelling similar stories of loss and close-to-death experiences.  Some stories were spoken aloud for the first time, but each revealed systemic and structural failings that Del. Aird and I knew we had to work to fix.  In late 2018 and early 2019, we spoke up about the concerns and we were met with condescension, resistance, and ignorance.  When we quoted the statistics of Black women’s maternal mortality, especially in our own districts, people thought we were exaggerating.  But that did not deter us.  We continued to speak up and fight for our constituents and pregnant people around the Commonwealth and it was a siren to advocates, experts, practitioners, parents, patients, and those who were mourning their lost loved ones.  We showed them we were listening, that they mattered, and that they had us as entrances into an often-daunting system.  We let them know that they are our priority.  (Click above for the full update)


Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:49 PM

Virginia's Democratic leaders hail verdict, but say work against injustice must continue

Democratic political leaders in Virginia on Tuesday said the guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd heralds a new standard for police officers in their treatment of Black people but leaves an incomplete effort to extricate racism from the justice system.

Floyd’s death under Chauvin’s knee in Minnesota last May inflamed months of protests in Richmond over police brutality and systemic racism in the criminal justice system — prompting a still-ongoing reckoning among policymakers that has yielded some state reforms.

“The work continues, but it’s also OK to enjoy a well-needed exhale, even if only for a moment,” said Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, reacting to the guilty verdict on Twitter.

 

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus in a collective statement described the road to the guilty verdict as an “incredibly painful and emotional time” that in the end yielded some relief.

“We cannot stop here,” the 23-member caucus said. “While this verdict serves as a step forward in combating systemic racism, the work continues to ensure that the arc of the moral universe bends towards justice both for our children and for the generations after them.”


Monday, April 19, 2021 12:23 PM

Del. Cia Price endorses Del. Sam Rasoul for lieutenant governor

“Sam is a man of integrity that has demonstrated a better side of politics. By focusing on people and policy, Sam truly has been a voice of courage and conviction in the General Assembly,” said Price. “He has put in the work and would do an amazing job in higher office. His leadership, character, and vision are what we need in our next lieutenant governor.”

“Del. Price’s vision and tenacity have earned the respect of her colleagues, the trust of her constituents, and the admiration of people across Virginia and beyond,” said Rasoul. “I’m exceedingly lucky to call her a friend and enjoyed working with her in the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. I look forward to continuing that work together as lieutenant governor.”


Saturday, April 10, 2021 12:00 AM

Editorial: Virginia leading the way on voting rights

The commonwealth has amended its franchise — the new “Voting Rights Act of Virginia” is now on the books — and the national press has taken notice. “Virginia, the Old Confederacy’s Heart, Becomes a Voting Rights Bastion,” ran the April 2 headline in The New York Times. The paper’s website account came complete with a very nice and well justified picture of Del. Marcia Price, a Peninsula Democrat and the legislation’s House sponsor. Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, carried the bill in the upper chamber. “I have an aunt who marched against the poll tax. My grandparents both had to pay poll taxes,” Del. Price told the paper. “Just knowing that they lived under a system that was unfair and unequal, I learned very early that it was wrong, and that it needs to be changed.”


Monday, April 5, 2021 12:31 PM

Virginia, the Old Confederacy’s Heart, Becomes a Voting Rights Bastion

The new law that was approved on Wednesday, called the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, requires all local elections administrators to receive public feedback or advance approval from the state’s attorney general for changes like moving voting precincts or elections registrars’ offices, and allows voters and the attorney general to sue over voter suppression. It expressly prohibits any racial discrimination or intimidation related to voting. “I have an aunt who marched against the poll tax. My grandparents both had to pay poll taxes,” said Marcia Price, a Democratic state delegate who sponsored the legislation. “Just knowing that they lived under a system that was unfair and unequal, I learned very early that it was wrong, and that it needs to be changed.”


Sunday, April 4, 2021 12:36 PM

Opinion: Distinguished pols of the week: Virginia lawmakers get it right on voting rights

Consider Virginia, where Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Wednesday approved the nation’s first state-level voting rights act. The Post reports: “The measure prohibits localities from changing the location of a polling place without getting clearance in advance or from enacting any policy that restricts access to voting based on someone’s race or language.” Virginia lawmakers, in other words, are not waiting for Congress to reconstitute the Voting Rights Act (which the Supreme Court gutted in a 2013 case). “Sponsored by Sen. Jennifer L. McClellan (D-Richmond) and Del. Marcia S. ‘Cia’ Price (D-Newport News), the act puts into state law components of the federal Voting Rights Act. Virginia was among a handful of states with a history of racial discrimination in voting that had been subject to federal review under the provisions of the act.”

Northam and the Democratic legislation have made Virginia into a “bastion” of voting rights reform, the New York Times reports: “In the last 14 months, the state’s Democratic-controlled General Assembly and Mr. Northam have together repealed the state’s voter ID law, enacted 45 days of no-excuse absentee voting, made Election Day a state holiday and enacted automatic voter registration for anyone who receives a Virginia driver’s license.” These moves build on the work of former Democratic governor and current gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, who restored voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-felons in the state while has was in office.


Thursday, April 1, 2021 4:40 PM

VIDEO: Virginia Leaders Discuss Voting Rights, Virginia’s Progress, and the Stakes of the 2021 Elections

Richmond, VA — Today, Virginia Democrats and leaders on the front lines of the fight to protect voting rights held a video press conference to discuss the significant progress Virginia has made on voting rights over the last two years and what is at stake in the face of rising GOP extremism.

Delegate Cia Price:

“The act of voting is freedom. It’s power. And that’s why it has been weaponized against us since the franchise of voting began — and that’s why we have worked so hard on expanding access to the ballot…Voter suppression has been targeted against those who were already disenfranchised by systemic racism, and it has impacted who has been elected and how they built power…Our values are based in the simple fact that the more people who can participate, the stronger our democracy.”

 

 


Thursday, April 1, 2021 12:38 PM

Northam supports Virginia Voting Rights Act, paid sick leave for home health workers and host of other measures at deadline for action

RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam has given preliminary approval to a Voting Rights Act that would make Virginia one of the first states in the country to enshrine protections against efforts to restrict access to polling places at a time when other states are considering limits on the ability to vote.

After two years of consolidated control of state government, Democrats have remade Virginia’s public policy landscape, which had been dominated by Republican legislatures for a generation. This year the General Assembly voted to abolish the death penalty, which Northam signed into law, and legalize marijuana, which Northam has proposed amending to speed up the legalization of small amounts for personal use.

The General Assembly will take up amendments proposed by Northam during a one-day reconvened session April 7.

The bills he signed into law Wednesday, all of which will take effect July 1, included:

●A ban on firearms within 40 feet of a polling place or a meeting of the electoral board as it certifies the results of an election.

●A “ban the box” bill for public colleges and universities, preventing them from asking an applicant about criminal records during the admissions process or denying admission based on criminal history.

●Requiring employers to provide paid sick leave for home health-care workers who are hired through Medicaid.

●Expanding the Virginia Court of Appeals to 17 judges from 11 and establishing a right of repeal in all civil cases.

●Extending through July 1, 2022, a moratorium on evictions for renters who are suffering financial hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic.

●Eliminating the “gay/trans panic” defense in murder and assault cases, meaning that a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity cannot, on its own or in concert with a sexual advance, be considered justification for violence.


Wednesday, March 31, 2021 8:39 PM

Virginia’s governor announces his support for a sweeping voting rights bill.

Virginia’s bill protecting and expanding access to voting comes at a time when Republican legislatures across the country have been seeking to erect new barriers to the ballot box. Georgia passed a law last week overhauling the state’s election process with a host of new restrictions, and Texas, Arizona, Florida and other states are continuing efforts to pass similar bills. Mr. Northam, a Democrat, said that he made minor technical adjustments to the bill, which was sponsored by Senator Jennifer McClellan and Delegate Marcia Price, two Black lawmakers who are also Democrats. It is expected to be ratified by the state legislature when they reconvene on April 7 for final passage.


Wednesday, March 31, 2021 8:02 PM

Governor Northam Approves Voting Rights Act of Virginia

The Voting Rights Act of Virginia prohibits discrimination in elections administration, requires local election officials to get feedback or pre-approval for voting changes, and allows individuals to sue in cases of voter suppression. It requires localities seek public comment or pre-approval from the Office of the Attorney General on any proposed voting changes, and empowers voters and/or the Attorney General to sue in cases of voter suppression. Civil penalties awarded as a result of voting discrimination will go towards a newly-established Voter Education and Outreach Fund.  Additionally, the Voting Rights Act of Virginia prohibits at-large local elections if they dilute the voting power of racial minorities. It also ensures accessibility by requiring local election officials provide voting materials in foreign languages, as needed. The Governor’s minor technical amendments clarify that certain provisions apply to all localities not just “covered jurisdiction(s).”

“Virginia is standing strong against a coordinated and intentional effort to restrict voting rights across the nation,” said Delegate Cia Price. “These targeted restrictions are designed to disenfranchise people of color, working Americans, and non-native English speakers. With this bill, our Commonwealth is taking the opposite approach and we are making a bold statement against voter suppression. We are upholding the dignity, voice, and vote of all Virginians.”


Wednesday, March 31, 2021 8:00 PM

Governor signs Voting Rights Act of Virginia

Advocates on Wednesday hailed the passage of Virginia’s new suite of voter protections. In addition to giving the state attorney general preclearance authority, the new law also increases individual voters' power to mount legal challenges. "The Voting Rights Act of Virginia shows just how far a state with roots from the darkest days of racism in this country can come, and will be a model for the entire nation,” said Marcia Johnson-Blanco of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “This legislation stands in stark contrast to the regressive bills that have been adopted and proposed in other states that will make it more difficult for people to vote."

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Del. Price was the sponsor of HB1890, the Voting Rights Act of Virginia.


Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:06 PM

Gov. Northam proposes moving up legalization of marijuana in Virginia to July 1

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed several amendments to the marijuana bill, including one that would legalize simple possession this July 1.  The changes would move up legalization three years sooner than previously planned, according to a news release from the governor's office. The bill now goes back to the General Assembly for approval.  At the moment, the already-passed legislation doesn't legalize possession until 2024, the same year cannabis sales would be allowed in the Commonwealth. This became a point of contention among some Democratic lawmakers earlier in 2021, who feared that prolonging possession for several years would be putting "business before justice," as Del. Marcia Price told 13News Now earlier this March.  “It’s not a matter of being happy or sad: it’s just the responsible thing to do in light of the fact that the people being harmed the most are the people who will continue to be harmed the most," Del. Don Scott Jr. (D-Portsmouth) told 13News Now.


Wednesday, March 31, 2021 12:41 PM

Northam acts on final pieces of legislation from special session

“Throughout this session, we have focused on responding to the ongoing public health and economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and moving our Commonwealth forward,” he said. “These new laws will increase support for Virginia families and businesses, ensure our children and teachers can safely return to classrooms, advance equity, and tackle systemic racism. I am extremely proud of the meaningful progress we have made to enact legislation as unprecedented as the challenges we are facing.”

 

Some of the bills that Northam took action on are listed below:

 
  • House Bill 1889, sponsored by Delegate Marcia Price, extends eviction protections for renters experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic through July 1, 2022. 
  • House Bill 1930, sponsored by Delegate Lashrecse Aird, prohibits public institutions of higher education from asking about an individuals’ criminal record during the application process. The new law also prohibits colleges and universities from denying admission based on criminal history.
  • House Bill 1980, sponsored by Delegate David Reid, establishes the “Enslaved Ancestors College Access Scholarship and Memorial Program” to support the families of enslaved individuals who labored at Virginia colleges. 
  • House Bill 2081, sponsored by Delegate Mark Levine, prohibits the possession of firearms within 40 feet of a polling place or electoral board meeting to certify the results of an election.
  • House Bill 2075, sponsored by Delegate Joshua Cole, designates U.S. Route 1 as “Emancipation Highway.” Route 1 is currently named “Jefferson Davis Highway” in several parts of Virginia.
  • House Bill 2132, sponsored by Delegate Danica Roem, eliminates the outdated and discriminatory “gay panic” defense.
  • House Bill 2137, sponsored by Delegate Elizabeth Guzman, requires employers to provide paid sick leave to home health workers. This new law also prohibits employers from taking certain retaliatory actions against employees who use leave.
  • House Bill 2161, sponsored by Delegate Kathy Tran, and Senate Bill 1410, sponsored by Senator John Bell, prohibits discrimination in public accommodations, employment, and housing on the basis of a person’s military status.
  • House Bill 2332, sponsored by Delegate Mark Sickles, establishes the Commonwealth Health Reinsurance Program to expand access to health care and lower insurance premiums.
  • Senate Bill 1122, sponsored by Senator Bill Stanley, repeals the remaining provisions of the Habitual Offender Act. This will allow more than 13,000 people to obtain driver’s licenses.
  • Senate Bill 1138, sponsored by Senator Mamie Locke, updates several outdated criminal laws related to people living with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. The reforms reflect contemporary public health knowledge and help to de-stigmatize these diseases.
  • Senate Bill 1261, sponsored by Senator John Edwards, provides for an appeal of right in every civil case and expands the Virginia Court of Appeals from 11 to 17 judges.
  • Senate Bill 1303, sponsored by Senator Siobhan Dunnavant, requires school divisions offer in-person learning consistent with public health guidelines, in accordance with the constitutional authority of school divisions, and while prioritizing the safety of students, teachers, and staff. All of Virginia’s 132 school divisions are currently offering in-person learning options or have approved plans to do so.
  • Senate Bill 1310, sponsored by Senator Jennifer McClellan, House Bill 2032, sponsored by Delegate Wendy Gooditis, and House Bill 1864, sponsored by Delegate Marcia Price, ensure that domestic workers are covered by employee protections, fair pay laws, and the Virginia Human Rights Act.


Wednesday, March 24, 2021 1:07 PM

Brain Injury Awareness Rally

Thank you Brain Injury Association of VirginiaThe Denbigh House, Clubhouse for Survivors of Brain Injury, and others for hosting such a WONDERFUL rally for #BrainInjuryAwareness Month! It was an honor to stand with everyone and offer a few words! Video from the rally can be seen here to hear AMAZING stories from ambassadors.  And you can sign up to become an ambassador here: https://www.biav.net/be-an-ambassador-2/

 


Monday, March 22, 2021 9:12 PM

March is Social Work Month!

March is Social Work Month - Social Workers are essential and always have been! But they've had to prove it repeatedly during the pandemic. Give them 30 seconds to show you why!  Thank a Social Worker today!


Sunday, March 21, 2021 9:13 PM

March Newsletter Part 1

Have you signed up for our email updates? Check out our latest email and you can click subscribe to get them! https://mailchi.mp/house/marchnewsletter1  Heads Up! Today's the last day for Hampton Restaurant Week! Check out the local favs that are offering deals www.hamptonrestaurantweek.com


Wednesday, March 17, 2021 8:15 PM

Building a Safer Virginia Panel: A Discussion with Virginia House Lawmakers

Del. Price joined The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence panel discussion on March 15, 2021.  Virginia State Director Lori Haas hosted the panel that also included House Majority Leader Charniele Herring (46th District), Chairman of the House Public Safety Committee Patrick Hope (47th District), Delegate Kathleen Murphy (34th District) Delegate Mark Levine (45th District), and Delegate Alfonso Lopez (49th District).  They spoke about the progress made for gun violence prevention in the 2021 Virginia General Assembly session. 


Tuesday, March 16, 2021 4:45 PM

Republicans Move To Curb Voting After Historic 2020 Turnout


Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:17 PM

Hearsay w/ Cathy Lewis: Vaccine Registration / Virginia Voting Rights Act

Del. Price was interviewed by Cathy Lewis on the March 15, 2021 Hearsay show on 89.5 FM WHRV to discuss the Voting Rights Act of Virginia.  Click to hear more.  The first half of the show was about vaccine registration and has useful information on that topic as well!

 


Monday, March 15, 2021 9:19 PM

SNAP expansion expected to bring more than $100 million in new food aid to Virginia

Advocates are heralding legislation loosening eligibility rules for food stamps as the most significant expansion of public benefits in Virginia since the state expanded Medicaid four years ago. The bill, which passed the General Assembly last month with unanimous support, will open up the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to an estimated 25,000 additional families — bringing in more than $100 million in federal aid the state has effectively been rejecting.

In addition to helping people who receive the benefits, she said the expansion will also make it easier for the state to administer public benefits programs by making it possible to automatically qualify people for SNAP benefits when they’re approved for other welfare programs like Medicaid and TANF.  Supporters also stressed the broader economic benefits, noting the new money will be spent at grocery stores, farmers markets and other local businesses.

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Del. Price is a proud Chief-Cosponsor of this legislation. Click to read more about the bill.


Friday, March 12, 2021 7:30 PM

Virginia is set to become the first southern state with its own voting rights act. Here’s what it does:

With the future of federal voting protections now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority, Democrats in the General Assembly have passed their own version of a voting rights act, making Virginia the first state in the South to do so. The proposed law, now awaiting Gov. Ralph Northam’s signature, creates broad new protections against voter discrimination based on race, color or language. With Republicans in dozens of states looking to restrict voting access after former President Donald Trump’s loss, supporters of the Virginia legislation see it as a decisive move in the other direction. “Because there is a national strategic attack against voting rights across the country, we didn’t want to act like we were immune to it,” Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, who sponsored the House version of the bill, said in an interview. “It’s proactive in a sense of what could have been coming our way.”


Sunday, March 7, 2021 5:30 PM

Announcing the 2021 VAPLAN Legislative Scorecard: Del. Price receives perfect score!

It was a fantastic 2021 legislative session, all the more exhausting because of the long summer special session to deal with COVID-19 and police and criminal justice reform inspired by the murder of George Floyd. It was also the first ever session held in-part remotely–even the Senate, which was meeting in person in the Richmond Science Museum, had to eventually allow senators to attend floor sessions and cast their votes remotely. With all the exhaustion and obstacles, the Democratic majorities in the General Assembly still managed to get a tremendous amount accomplished.


Friday, March 5, 2021 7:26 PM

Advocates Want Northam To Speed Up Marijuana Legalization in Virginia

Ashna Khanna at the ACLU of Virginia says this is Governor Northam's chance to finally take action on his talking points.  "The governor has been talking about reparative justice for the communities and individuals harmed by the war on drugs and racially biased policing, and so a way to make that lip service into reality would be to enact these changes now and stopping the harm of marijuana prohibition."

The marijuana prohibition will continue for the rest of this year and next year and the year after that under the version of the bill lawmakers sent the governor. That's why Delegate Cia Price, a Democrat from Newport News, says she could not vote for it.  "Even the thought of business before justice is hard to stomach knowing that some of my constituents are in jail right now and more may be sent to jail while we are establishing a regulatory authority for the business pieces."

The governor has until the end of this month to make a decision, one that could end up being one of the most significant and lasting decisions of his term: Wait until 2024 so the new Cannabis Control Authority can create a marketplace or take action now that will help address racial disparities in Virginia,


Friday, March 5, 2021 12:00 PM

More rights for Va. disabled and domestic workers

A trio of bills centered on domestic workers’ rights, dubbed the Virginia Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, were introduced in both chambers this year. Last year, Virginia lawmakers passed a bill guaranteeing minimum wage to domestic workers.  The bills’ patrons highlighted the impact of excluding domestic workers from employment laws, which they said are bound to the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow-era laws. Domestic workers include occupations such as “cooks, waiters, butlers, maids, valets and chauffeurs,” according to the bills.  A majority of domestic workers are women of color and are three times as likely to live in poverty than other workers, according to the Economic Policy Institute, an independent economic research organization.

Introduced by Sen. Jennifer L. McClellan (D-Richmond), Senate Bill 1310 extends employment nondiscrimination to employers with one or more domestic workers. It also expands employment protections to domestic workers, including laws regarding the payment of wages. Sen. McClellan’s bill passed the General Assembly and now heads to the governor’s desk. The House companion bill, HB 1864, from Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News) also passed the General Assembly and awaits the governor’s signature.


Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:29 PM

Lawmakers amend Virginia Human Rights Act, kill workplace harassment bills

Five bills were introduced during the 2021 session to amend the Virginia Human Rights Act. Three passed the General Assembly. The Virginia Human Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, among other groups. Virginia last year became the first Southern state to pass sweeping anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community through the Virginia Values Act.  

A trio of bills centered on domestic workers’ rights, dubbed the Virginia Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, were introduced in both chambers this year. Last year, Virginia lawmakers passed a bill guaranteeing minimum wage to domestic workers. The bills’ patrons highlighted the impact of excluding domestic workers from employment laws, which they said are bound to the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow-era laws. Domestic workers include occupations such as “cooks, waiters, butlers, maids, valets and chauffeurs,” according to the bills.


Wednesday, March 3, 2021 1:22 PM

Virginia is 10th state to pass domestic worker protections

Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, also introduced a bill this session advocating for domestic workers’ rights. The General Assembly passed HB 1864, which expands the definition of employer in the Virginia Human Rights Act to protect domestic workers from workplace discrimination. The act prohibits workplace discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and other factors.


Wednesday, March 3, 2021 9:36 AM

Virginia Voting Rights Act passes as Supreme Court case threatens federal protections

Del. Marcia Price (D-Newport News), who sponsored the bill in the House, said another section authorizes the AG or affected individuals to initiate civil action in court if these protections are violated. She said that’s not currently allowed.

“That I think is the biggest step forward,” Price said.

Price said the Voting Rights Act of Virginia goes a long way to sure up protections at the local level. However, she emphasized a robust federal law is necessary to ensure these standards are followed across the country and to defend against possible future efforts to pass restrictive laws statewide.

“I think the sentiment behind the Voting Rights Act of Virginia was more locally focused because the state-level bills were moving in the right direction,” Price said. “We need the federal courts to go our way in order to protect us from laws that would take us back.”

Several efforts by Virginia’s GOP to restrict voting access failed in the 2021 session, as Republicans are currently in the minority. The party largely argued that these measures are essential to restore confidence in elections after the coronavirus pandemic prompted states to loosen some regulations.

Ultimately, Virginia’s Voting Rights Act passed in the General Assembly without any Republican support.


Monday, March 1, 2021 7:45 PM

Opinion/Editorial: Dissolving barriers to voting

The Voting Rights Act of Virginia — carried by Del. Cia Price (House Bill 1890), D-Newport News, and state Sen. Jennifer McClellan (Senate Bill 1395), D-Richmond — institutes better systems to prevent discrimination in voting and elections administration. The legislation prioritizes the “rights of voters,” targeting attempts at “denial or abridgement” of those rights based on “race or color or membership in a language minority group.” Affected Virginians can challenge a “covered practice” through a 30-day public comment period...... It’s about time we give Virginians a better platform and path to recourse when changes might undercut “the rights of voters.” While we appreciate concerns that localities might face more complex oversight or be subject to costly lawsuits, the premise is simple. We’re codifying the rights of Virginians to make their voices heard at the polls. This belief should be embraced, and the integrity of our contests will improve with this kind of law on the books.


Monday, March 1, 2021 7:43 PM

Looking Back on the Legislative Session after Adjournment

Throughout the day Saturday, Senators and Delegates sprinted to finish up pending bills and to resolve differences between their chambers. Remaining major legislation on the legalization of marijuana, passed after a contentious day, when many lawmakers were unsure on what the bill does beyond legalizing sale and consumption in 2024.

The compromise bill that legislators settled on lost the support of some house Democrats, who saw the bill as only setting up a regulatory framework for the production and sale of marijuana and ignoring calls for restorative justice measures.

“Even the thought of business before justice is hard to stomach, knowing that some of my constituents are in jail right now. And more may be sent to jail,” said Delegate Marica “Cia” Price (D-Newport News). Marijuana reform advocates argued that the bill created new crimes that could lead to disproportionate policing along racial lines, calling the final bill “at most an aspirational policy statement.” Key parts of the bill will have to be revisited next year. The newly held Democratic-majority has exposed debates in the party over how much to compromise on progressive legislation.


Monday, March 1, 2021 7:40 PM

ACLU of Virginia 'disappointed' over marijuana legalization bill, calling it 'lip service'

NORFOLK, Va. — Virginia could be the next state in the country to legalize marijuana, but even some lawmakers who back the effort have issues with the bill that's coming before Gov. Ralph Northam's desk.  “When you get to the last four pages, you realize we’re setting up a regulatory body for the business side, but we’ve left behind the justice pieces," said Del. Marcia Price (D-Newport News).   The State Senate passed the bill on the narrowest of margins on a 20-19 vote this weekend, sending it to Gov. Northam's desk awaiting his signature. The bill did not pass completely along party lines. Delegate Price is one of several House Democrats who voted neither for nor against the bill, despite supporting the movement as a whole. She told 13News Now that the legalization of sales and possession -- delayed until the year 2024 -- doesn't address key equity issues right now faced by disenfranchised communities. Lawmakers had previously tried to legalize possession as early as 2021. "It was presented as a justice bill, that’s the true injustice. We’re not doing what we’re saying we’d do,” she said.

 


Monday, March 1, 2021 7:36 PM

Hampton Roads lawmakers, residents react to vote legalizing marijuana in Virginia starting in 2024

 
Meanwhile, Hampton Roads Del. Cia Price decided not to vote on the bill this weekend. “It was not something that, within the conference report, I could bring myself to support,” Price told News 3. She believes the bill doesn't go far enough to support social justice and thinks simple possession should be legalized starting this July. “If we're making movement towards setting up the infrastructure in order to sell something, then it does not make sense that it is still illegal at that time for you to possess it,” Price said.


Sunday, February 28, 2021 3:15 PM

Virginia Lawmakers Sign Off On Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

But the compromise legislation has drawn criticism from some Democratic lawmakers and advocates, who have taken issue with key provisions of the bill, including how the specifics of new commercial and criminal justice regulations will be decided next year, when Democrats may no longer control both chambers of the state legislature, The Washington Post notes.  "By legalizing without all the guardrails in place, I feel the message can be misconstrued ... that we have dropped the ball on the justice pieces," said Del. Marcia Price (D-Newport News), according to the Post. "Even the thought of business before justice is hard to stomach."


Saturday, February 27, 2021 7:39 PM

The former 'Capital of the Confederacy' rings a bell for voters' rights

After Democrats regained control of the Virginia General Assembly in the 2019 elections, the legislature repealed the commonwealth’s expensive, cumbersome and silly voter photo ID law. It expanded early voting, too. And now Virginia lawmakers have gone a step further, with the 2021 Voting Rights Act of Virginia. You could call that a Virginia-centric version of the 1965 federal law. The measure passed a final vote Thursday and is now headed to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk. To a certain extent, it codifies in Virginia law the protections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Sponsored by Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, the measure would require local boards of elections to seek public feedback — or permission from the Virginia attorney general — before implementing voting changes.


Saturday, February 27, 2021 7:32 PM

Virginia lawmakers reach deal on marijuana legalization as General Assembly winds down ambitious session

RICHMOND — Virginia lawmakers reached a deal Saturday on landmark legislation to legalize marijuana in 2024 as the General Assembly wrapped up an ambitious legislative session. But the deal drew fierce pushback from legalization advocates, who said the compromise was worse than the status quo because, among other things, it requires the legislature to vote on aspects of the bill again next year, when Democratic control of the General Assembly and Executive Mansion is not a given.

“By legalizing without all the guardrails in place, I feel the message can be misconstrued … that we have dropped the ball on the justice pieces,” said Del. Marcia S. “Cia” Price (D-Newport News). “Even the thought of business before justice is hard to stomach.” Several Democrats said they hoped Northam would amend the bill and send a more complete measure to the legislature later this year. The General Assembly reconvenes every year to consider amendments and vetoes issued by the governor. A spokeswoman for Northam said he “looks forward to continuing to improve” the legislation.


Friday, February 26, 2021 5:00 AM

Virginia Is Poised To Approve Its Own Voting Rights Act

Nearly eight years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, Democrats in Virginia are poised to enact state-level legislation they say would boost voter protections.

Backers of the Virginia Voting Rights Act say it's the most comprehensive bill of its kind — and the first in the South. The legislation cleared a final vote on Thursday and now goes to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam. "As we've seen on other issues, we can't rely on the Supreme Court or the federal level always, and so states have to protect themselves," said Democratic state Del. Cia Price, one of two sponsors of the legislation. Price's bill was inspired by portions of the federal Voting Rights Act that were altered by a 2013 high court ruling. 

 


Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:51 PM

Virginia NAACP Commends General Assembly on Passage of HB1890 Virginia Voting Rights Act

“Following decades of regressive voter suppression on the state and national levels, the Virginia NAACP is thrilled that our Commonwealth is just one signature away from enacting a historic Voting Rights Act. Protections included in this landmark legislation will prevent voter suppression tactics by requiring pre-approval of certain changes to election procedures, protecting voters from threats and intimidation at the polls, and allowing civil action as possible recourse. The Virginia Voting Rights Act is poised to be an impenetrable shield of protection for the voting rights of Black Virginians and Virginians of color when enacted. We are unequivocally proud of Delegate Marcia Price and Senator Jennifer McClellan for championing this Virginia NAACP priority legislation, and applaud members of the General Assembly who voted in favor of this comprehensive bill. The Virginia NAACP looks forward to the Governor’s swift action to sign this bill into law, thereby making Virginia the first state in the South to pass a state-level Voting Rights Act."


Tuesday, February 23, 2021 7:54 PM

Newport News, rest of Peninsula area get 8 new judges as General Assembly fills open seats

Newport News — which is losing three of its 13 judges to retirements this year — got four of the state legislature’s new appointments: A lower court judge elevated to Newport News Circuit Court, and three local attorneys becoming judges for the first time. The selections will increase the racial and gender diversity on the Newport News bench: The picks bring the number of Black judges on the city’s 13-member judiciary to five — up from the current three — and lifts the number of women from three to four. “These were the unanimous picks of (Newport News’) entire delegation,” said Del. Mike Mullin, D-Newport News, who made the picks along with Dels. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-Newport News; Shelly A. Simonds, D-Newport News; and Jeion A. Ward, D-Hampton; and state Sens. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton; and Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg. Though the full General Assembly elects judges in Virginia, a longstanding tradition gives local lawmakers deference in the picks.


Monday, February 22, 2021 7:57 PM

Opinion: The Reproductive Health Equity Act is the next step for Virginians

After years of community-centered work with incredible partners, dedicated activists and reproductive justice champions such as Delegate Marcia “Cia” Price, we are proud to continue to lead the charge to pass the Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA). If enacted, RHEA would protect and expand access to the full range of reproductive health care — including abortion care, well visits, contraception, prenatal care, childbirth and postpartum care — regardless of someone’s income, immigration status, gender identity or type of insurance.

Virginia is leading in the fight for reproductive justice thanks to our state’s diversity and our peoples’ commitment to work together to advance our goals. The progress we’ve made shows the power of organizing across our communities. By working with LGBTQ+, immigrant rights and reproductive health, rights and justice organizations, we can collectively advance compassionate, people-centered policies. We built RHEA together to reflect the diversity of our state, the diversity of our needs and to support the full range of pregnancy and family planning decisions each of us may make.


Saturday, February 20, 2021 12:29 AM

Video: Delegates Simon, Price, Gooditis, Ayala, Mullin Rip Republicans’ “Unfounded and “Dangerous” Lies About the 2020 Election

See below for video from yesterday’s Virginia House of Delegates meeting, as Democrats – Del. Marcus Simon, Del. Wendy Gooditis, Del. Cia Price, Del. Hala Ayala, Del. Mike Mullin – talked a new report from the Virginia Dept. of Elections which found that the 2020 election in Virginia was extraordinarily safe, secure and successful, and pushed back on Republican falsehoods about voting and elections. In stark contrast, Virginia House Republicans – Del. Dave LaRock, Del. Todd Gilbert, Del. Glenn Davis – spewed out their usual lies about mythical “voter fraud” and other idiocy, pushing their (in Del. Simon’s words) “unfounded” “without merit” “dangerous” “narrative that casts doubt on the integrity of our election process…in spite of all the evidence” to the contrary.

  • As Del. Cia Price explained, Democrats “will go to great lengths to protect our democracy and make sure it’s fair and accessible” and to fight back against “targeted efforts of voter suppression.”


Friday, February 19, 2021 11:00 PM

Democrats usher in election reforms, from anti-discrimination protections to earlier ballot counting

The voting rights legislation is being championed by Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, and Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, who argue that federal efforts to weaken the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 could lead to practices or procedures that make it more difficult for voters of color to cast their ballots. The legislation would ban such a practice outright.

 

The bill would also require that localities give the public 30 days to comment on proposed changes to voting -- including moving polling places, closing a precinct or even curtailing interpreting services. An emergency, such as inclement weather, would allow a locality to avoid this requirement. The locality could also seek a waiver from the Attorney General’s Office.

 

The legislation would also require that localities offer voting materials in different languages when their boundaries contain a sizable population whose primary language is not English. Federal law requires it for federal elections, but the bill would guarantee it for local elections, too.

 


Thursday, February 18, 2021 8:00 PM

Voting: A powerful tool

Enter now, Virginia state Sen. Jennifer McClellan of Richmond and Delegate Marcia Price of Newport News. We give these two Democrats, both members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, major kudos for their foresight and leadership in sponsoring the Voting Rights Act of Virginia. The Senate measure, now headed to Gov. Ralph S. Northam for his signature into law, aims to head off voter suppression, intimidation and discrimination that future state and local election officials might use to subvert or interfere with voting laws and practices. The bills require changes to local voting laws and regulations be pre-cleared with the state attorney general’s office or advertised in advance for public comment and evaluated for their impact on Black, Indigenous and communities of color.

It also prohibits localities from influencing elections by diluting or abridging the rights of voters from a protected class, which includes Black and brown people. And it requires that voting materials be printed in languages other than English if certain criteria are met. The state attorney general or affected individuals may sue to challenge any discriminatory policies. We applaud Sen. McClellan and Delegate Price for including in the measure what we call the anti-Trumper provision. Any person who goes against official policy or procedure and fails or refuses to allow a qualified voter to cast a ballot, or willfully fails or refuses to count or report the vote of a qualified voter, would be subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for each affected voter.


Thursday, February 18, 2021 7:31 PM

Tenant, homeowner protections heading to Northam’s desk after General Assembly passage

The Senate passed House Bill 2014, carried by Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, on a 25-14 bipartisan vote on Thursday. The measure would allow, as often as necessary, certain tenants facing eviction to pay all late payments, penalties and court fees and remain in their homes. Under current state law, tenants can use the so-called right of redemption only once per 12 months, a stipulation that has contributed to renters losing housing even when they have covered all they owed, advocates say. 

“There’s simply no reason for a tenant to have to move if the landlord has been made completely whole,” said Marty Wegbreit, director of litigation at the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society. Wegbreit’s and other organizations have lined up behind Price’s effort, saying it will help curb evictions in a state that registered one of the worst eviction rates in the country, according to a 2018 Princeton University Eviction Lab analysis.

The other, HB 1889, originally would have made permanent certain tenant protections established during the COVID-19 pandemic by {extending} a sunset provision for July 1 of this year. Under the bill, landlords with five or more units would be required to offer payment plans to renters who fall behind. It would also require them to wait 14 days, rather than five, to pursue an eviction against a tenant who missed a payment.


Friday, February 12, 2021 8:04 PM

Tension over election integrity erupts in Virginia House of Delegates

RICHMOND — Partisan tension over election integrity finally erupted in the House of Delegates on Friday after simmering for weeks in the background. Del. Marcus B. Simon (D-Fairfax) touched it off with a simple but provocative message for Republicans who have raised questions about the security of Virginia’s elections laws: “Please cut it out.”

The impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump was winding down in Washington as he spoke, and Simon reminded other House members of the chaos and bloodshed that wracked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 over false charges that the presidential election was “stolen.” “Stop pushing these false narratives. We’ve all seen how dangerous they are,” Simon said. But House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah), who has condemned the violence at the Capitol but tiptoed carefully around the comments of a handful of his caucus who echo Trump’s unfounded complaints of fraud, seemed to push back.

That provoked an angry* response from Del. Marcia S. “Cia” Price (D-Newport News), a member of the Black Caucus, who said Democrats had acted to remove barriers put in place long ago to limit the participation of “certain communities.” “We will go to great lengths to protect our democracy and make sure it’s fair and accessible,” she said.

*This characterization is not fair and is playing into the tropes used to describe some women when they choose to speak up.  Here's the video:


Friday, February 5, 2021 6:00 PM

Opinion: An interesting experiment in voting rights moves ahead in Virginia

“Our democracy is strongest when everyone is able to participate,” added Del. Marcia Price (D-Newport News), the bill’s sponsor in the Virginia House.  What makes this interesting is that it’s a state-level effort to fill the hole created when the Supreme Court gutted the component of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 requiring certain states and localities to gain federal preclearance for voting-law changes.  The crucial point here is that Democrats cannot count on this being corrected on the federal level anytime soon. Congressional Democrats have coalesced around reforms that would expand voting access and place limits on state-level voter-suppression efforts and gerrymandering — and would restore the protections of the federal Voting Rights Act. But that measure might be filibustered by Senate Republicans, or, alternatively, large parts of it might get struck down by the 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court. So Democrats need to act where they can.


Tuesday, February 2, 2021 12:02 PM

Lawmakers Advance Voting Rights Act of Virginia

On the first day of Black History Month, legislators advanced a bill to help ensure voter protection for Virginia citizens. House Bill 1890, also known as the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, cleared the House in a 55-45 vote. Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, modeled the bill after the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965. Price’s bill aims to eliminate voter suppression, intimidation and discrimination through changes in voting laws and practices by election officials. “Though the original Voting Rights Act was passed on the federal level in 1965, there are still attacks on voting rights today that can result in voter suppression, discrimination and intimidation,” Price said during the bill’s hearing. “We need to be clear that this is not welcome in our great commonwealth.”


Monday, February 1, 2021 10:47 PM

House of Delegates advances Voting Rights Act of Virginia

On the first day of Black History Month, legislators advanced a bill to help ensure voter protection for Virginia citizens.  House Bill 1890, also known as the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, cleared the House in a 55-45 vote. Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, modeled the bill after the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965. Price’s bill aims to eliminate voter suppression, intimidation and discrimination through changes in voting laws and practices by election officials. “Though the original Voting Rights Act was passed on the federal level in 1965, there are still attacks on voting rights today that can result in voter suppression, discrimination and intimidation,” Price said during the bill’s hearing. “We need to be clear that this is not welcome in our great commonwealth.”


Sunday, January 31, 2021 10:51 PM

Del. Cia Price, Del. Patrick Hope Slam Far-Right/Extremist Del. Dave LaRock’s “Dangerous,” “False Information” COVID Vaccine Bill

Far-right extremist, seditionist, etc. Del. Dave LaRock (R) is in competition for least effective member of the Virginia House of Delegates.  And with that, let’s quote Del. Cia Price: “This is such an important time that false information is just simply dangerous. There is legitimate vaccine hesitancy in communities that the gentleman listed, but actual and factual information is key, not fanning the flames that are based on historic events. In essence, to not talk about the research that has been going on for decades for viruses that are very similar to COVID-19, to not talk about the parts of the process that were cut short for bureaucratic red tape, not the actual experimental trials on humans, to not talk about that and to give it proper context is just simply dangerous…I do not associate myself with any of the comments that were made [by Del. LaRock].”

Also, from Del. Patrick Hope: “These are safe and effective vaccines that have been approved under the FDA’s emergency use authorization. So I just want to make that crystal clear, that this COVID vaccine is safe and effective.”


Friday, January 29, 2021 11:01 PM

'Simply dangerous': House committee slams GOP delegate for pushing vaccine misinformation

Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, slammed the GOP member’s sharing of false information — which included unsubstantiated claims of chronic adverse reactions — and called his comments “simply dangerous.” As of Jan. 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded 50 cases of severe allergic reactions out of 26.2 million doses administered. This makes the probabilities of severe allergic reactions a 0.00018% chance. “There’s legitimate vaccine hesitancy in communities that the gentleman listed, but actual and factual information is key, not fanning the flames that are based on historic events,” Price said, referring to ongoing discriminatory practices in medical care. In a later tweet, Price wrote that misinformation from a public official is “irresponsible.”


Friday, January 29, 2021 11:01 AM

'Simply dangerous': House committee slams GOP delegate for pushing vaccine misinformation

Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, slammed the GOP member’s sharing of false information — which included unsubstantiated claims of chronic adverse reactions — and called his comments “simply dangerous.”

 

As of Jan. 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded 50 cases of severe allergic reactions out of 26.2 million doses administered. This makes the probabilities of severe allergic reactions a 0.00018% chance.

 

“There’s legitimate vaccine hesitancy in communities that the gentleman listed, but actual and factual information is key, not fanning the flames that are based on historic events,” Price said, referring to ongoing discriminatory practices in medical care.

In a later tweet, Price wrote that misinformation from a public official is “irresponsible.”


Thursday, January 21, 2021 3:17 PM

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Food Drive receives more than double its previous donation record

Donations from the fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Food Drive in Newport News provided nearly 61,000 meals for Peninsula residents — more than double the food drive’s previous record.

“I’m very thankful people care so much,” said Karen Joyner, chief executive officer of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. “I think people realized the great need that is out there. It was one opportunity for people to work together in this divided era. Everybody can do something to help a hungry person.”

The food drive is hosted by Newport News Mayor McKinley Price and is the Foodbank’s largest single-day food drive event. This year donors came from all across Hampton Roads, telling volunteers about a desire to serve and “pay forward” previous acts of kindness.

“We are all struggling because of the pandemic, but we are united in our desire for a better, brighter tomorrow,” Price said in a statement.


Sunday, January 17, 2021 7:51 AM

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Food Drive to help replenish Virginia Peninsula Foodbank’s supply

The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank distributed a record number of meals at a time when donations were low. Now, Newport News is looking to help replenish the food supply with the Fifth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Food Drive on Monday. “We’re in desperate need so it’s going to be even more important this year that we try and replenish the shelves and try and make sure that people who are in need have food,” said Newport News Mayor McKinley Price.

Price’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Food Drive is the second largest annual food drive for the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. Price said he had the idea for the event after researching King and concluding that he’d wanted the day to be a day of service.  “I looked at the community and saw one of the greatest needs was the food bank and I said you know what, I’m going to start a food drive on his day” Price said.

The event is hosted in partnership with U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, Delegate Marcia Price, Newport News Sheriff Gabe Morgan, Riverside Health System and the Virginia Unity Project. Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew is joining the partnership for the first time this year.

 


Friday, January 15, 2021 4:30 PM

Delegate Marcia Price introduces first-of-its-kind Voting Rights Act of Virginia

In an interview with 13News Now Friday, Price said the legislation aims to better serve communities by requiring localities to provide voting materials in languages other than English. It would also implement stronger measures against threats and voter intimidation.

“This is a unique piece of legislation in that it’s comprehensive,” said Price. This isn’t special privileges, this is recognizing the history and present that is happening that is leading to voter suppression and just saying that it’s not what we will move into the future of the Commonwealth with.”

In a statement Tuesday, Price said she’s sponsoring the legislation to ensure everyone in the Commonwealth will have access to casting their vote quickly and safely.

“Since the founding of our country, voters who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color have been disenfranchised and faced extreme barriers to accessing the ballot box based on bigotry and fear. Even recent events have shown that that hatred is still threatening our democracy,” said Price.

“If you make it easy to vote, people will. That should be the ultimate goal of our democracy,” said Price.

Del. Price worked closely with The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, New Virginia Majority, and the Advancement Project National Office to craft the legislation.

Next, the legislation will head to a subcommittee hearing next Friday.


Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:30 PM

VLBC outlines legislative priorities for new General Assembly session

Newport News Delegate Marcia Price, who will chair a newly created Voting Rights subcommittee, said that she will be pushing for new reforms to go along with the changes that have already been ushered in, including early voting. Among the reforms is expanding early voting to include Sundays.

Virginia has already moved from No. 49 in voting difficulty among the states to No. 12 among states, thanks to the earlier reforms, Delegate Price said.

To continue the progress, she said her top priority will be passage of a Virginia Voting Rights Act that would cement into state law the protections once available through the federal law that passed in 1965. Those protections would help end any revival of the voter suppression, voter discrimination and voter intimidation that have long plagued the state.

Full legal assurance that “people of color have access to the ballot box” is needed to “protect our democracy,” Delegate Price said.


Thursday, January 14, 2021 5:40 PM

Price introduces Voting Rights Act of Virginia to ensure all Virginians can cast their votes

The Voting Rights Act of Virginia, introduced by Del. Cia Price, D-95th District, is a modernized update to the federal Voting Rights Act enacted in 1965, aimed at expanding and protecting the right to vote for all Virginians.

“Our democracy is strongest when everyone is able to participate. I’m sponsoring the Voting Rights Act of Virginia so that everyone, especially those who historically have been targeted, can cast their vote quickly, easily, and safely,” said Price, the vice chair of the House Privileges and Elections Committee. “Since the founding of our country, voters who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color have been disenfranchised and faced extreme barriers to accessing the ballot box based on bigotry and fear. Even recent events have shown that that hatred is still threatening our democracy.

“We need the Voting Rights Act of Virginia to ensure that voter suppression, intimidation, and discrimination are truly a part of the past and not our future in the Commonwealth,” Price said.


Saturday, December 26, 2020 3:33 PM

How a Princeton professor helped expose Virginia’s hidden eviction crisis

Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, put others’ sudden interest in evictions a different way.  “(The Eviction Lab data) was embarrassing enough for those that had the previous privilege of ignoring it,” Price said. “But you couldn’t ignore it when we hit the national news.”  

Not everyone was utterly shocked by the Eviction Lab data, Price said. Some lawmakers — Black lawmakers, especially — had been fighting to change housing policy for decades, she added. Such as Yvonne Miller, since she became the first Black woman elected to the General Assembly in 1984. And lawmakers such as Price have been pushing for “housing justice” for around a decade, the Newport News delegate added. Those efforts were rooted in listening to her constituents’ struggles with evictions, but also her own childhood.

Price lived in Atlanta, Maryland’s D.C. suburbs and in Newport News. Evictions were “way more prevalent” in Virginia than the other places she’d lived. She would often be driving home and, on her way, see the contents of an entire home on the curb. That happened over and over, for 20 years. After a while, she got used to it.

Price described it as “heartbreaking” and “normal” at the same time.

And so the Eviction Lab data and resultant rankings that put Virginia on blast were not shocking, but they were enlightening, mainly because they revealed the scope of the problem and revealed how Virginia stacked up to the rest of the country.

“I knew it was bad. I didn’t know it was that bad,” Price said.

She said Desmond and the Eviction Lab may not deserve all the credit. Democrats won control of the General Assembly last year, letting them more easily pass bills into law. And, she added, more members of the Black Caucus are in positions of power.


Sunday, December 20, 2020 12:00 AM

Virginia’s Covid Rental Relief Program Reflects State’s Changing Politics

But Democratic Delegate Cia Price, D-Newport News, said she welcomed this affront to the state’s unwritten but often cited prioritization of business over consumers and she’s proud of her party’s majority which has already passed or is proposing never before seen changes in the law.  

“The conversation itself, from the General Assembly, has switched under Democratic control, with the understanding housing is a human right and not a privilege,” said the legislator who has spearheaded housing issues since her second term in 2018.  

It started slowly, with Republicans still holding power in both chambers in 2019 but, faced with that ominous title of highest evictions following the Eviction Lab report, some changes made it through. 

But the new Democratic trifecta in the House, Senate and governor’s mansion in 2020 opened doors some advocates had considered long closed. 


Monday, December 14, 2020 3:31 PM

Del. Price to Host Special Session Legislative Update

Join Del. Price and several other legislators to discuss bills that were passed during Special Session this year.  Hear more and get your questions answered.  To register for the December 15th webinar, please visit bit.ly/VALegislativeWebinar


Monday, November 30, 2020 8:02 PM

State prepares for vaccine distribution

“Early on, there likely wouldn’t be enough for all health care workers,” Peake said. “And so that will have to be broken down into subgroups. The level to which it’s broken down is going to depend on how much vaccine we have and we don’t know that yet.”

On lawmakers’ minds: how to make sure all communities have equal access to the vaccine. “Prioritizing health care workers, definitely understand that,” said Delegate Cia Price (D-Hampton), “but in those next steps how we make a limited supply equitable, that is an important conversation.”

That conversation continues. Planning began over the summer. A 100-member advisory group has been meeting since September and local health departments are preparing as well.

We could see vaccinations begin here in Virginia in a couple of weeks, but health officials say it will take some time before the vaccine is available to everyone who wants it.

 

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Friday, November 27, 2020 5:34 PM

Bills will help renters affected by COVID-19

 Bills passed in the General Assembly’s recent special session will help renters affected by COVID-19 according to legislators.

House Bill 5115 and House Bill 5064 were both passed this fall to deal with renters impacted financially by COVID-19.

Del. Marcia “Cia’ Price, who represents the 95th District which covers parts of Hampton and Newport News, says she sponsored the bills to help after constituents came to her addressing issues with housing.

“People were really being hit hard, whether it was tourism or jobs going away. How do they still keep their home? How do they find new jobs? They just really need some assistance,” she said.

Price, who serves on the Housing and Consumer Protection Sub-Committee says the Commonwealth has had an eviction crisis for years but the pandemic exacerbated the issue.

According to Princeton University’s Eviction Lab, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk and Chesapeake have some of the highest rates in the country.

Price says the General Assembly worked on legislation to help put a dent in the problem earlier in the year including HB 5115, which was originally made for those affected by government furloughs before the pandemic.

“That gave them a 60-day stay prior to an evection. In April during a reconvened session, we extended that to those that were dealing with COVID-19. We were seeing in the court cases in Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Hampton Roads that it was being dealt with in different ways,” she said.

“So, we clarified the language that a tenant should know if they have to go to court due to non-payment because their finances were impacted due to COVID, they have a 60-day stay for that eviction. They can use that up to 90 days after the emergency order goes away,” she said.

Price says the same applies for homeowners facing foreclosure but it’s for a 30-day stay.

HB 5064 will provide payment plan options to renters, who might need a little extra to get all of their rent in.

“If someone has a couple hundred dollars for one month, they can include that in future rental payments that they have so they’re not automatically evicted for that one month they might’ve fallen short or the length of their lease,” Price said.

She says that this will give those who were just short enough time to get the money needed.

While the eviction crisis is something that Virginia has dealt with for years, Price says she and her colleagues are working to get even more legislation passed in the upcoming session.

“It is a priority for us to really fix some of the things in the system that are leading to these issues of eviction and understand housing is a human right and leading from that advantage point,” she said.

Price encourages all to let their elected officials know about their issues.

She also says those facing eviction have a few resources:

  • Call 211 anywhere statewide to be put in contact with resources
  • 833-NO-EVICT (833-663-8428).
  • Legal Aid of Eastern Virginia 757-827-5078.


Thursday, October 15, 2020 4:25 PM

TODAY'S DEADLINES: Census and Voter Registration

TODAY is the deadline for responding to the 2020 Census and for VA Voter Registration!  See below for more information.

 

2020 Census - You can respond by phone or online!  

You can respond to your 2020 Census online at 2020Census.gov

 

The 2020 Census can also be completed by phone in the below languages.

English and Spanish Language Hours of Operation: Customer Service Representatives are available every day from 7am to 2am Eastern Time on the following phone lines:

Non-English and Non-Spanish Language Hours of Operation: Customer Service Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8am to 10 pm Eastern Time on the following phone lines:

 

VA Voter Registration ends at 11:59pm TODAY, Thursday, October 15th!

Visit bit.ly/YourVAVoteMatters to 

1. Register to Vote

2. Update your name and address in your Citizen Portal

3. Make sure your are ACTIVE in the system in your Citizen Portal - if you are INACTIVE, please update your registration!

 


Wednesday, September 9, 2020 3:02 PM

At Ease with Cia & Lashrecse: Setting the Record Straight


Wednesday, August 26, 2020 4:00 PM

Northam renews call for Virginia’s top court to ban evictions during pandemic

Earlier this month, Virginia’s attorney general issued an advisory opinion saying a governor’s executive order is one possibility for halting evictions. Governors in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey have issued such executive orders.

“Whether any particular executive order is an appropriate exercise of emergency power depends on the scope of the executive order and the facts and circumstances,” Attorney General Mark Herring wrote.

But Northam’s administration has said an executive order would likely raise legal complexities that would “hinder the expediency needed to help Virginians.”

State legislators are scheduled to convene in Richmond Aug. 18 to amend the budget greatly affected by the economic impact of the pandemic and to consider criminal justice legislation. At least one lawmaker, Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, has said she would be looking at filing a package of legislation to address the housing and eviction crisis.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020 3:54 PM

Paid sick leave is on the agenda for Virginia General Assembly

NORFOLK, Va. - Lawmakers will be debating whether or not to require businesses to offer paid sick leave to their employees when they meet for their special session starting Tuesday.

Many big topics will be addressed during the session, including the budget, COVID-19, and police and criminal justice reform.

Democratic lawmakers also want to push for paid sick leave. "I definitely think before the pandemic we needed paid sick leave. People need to be able to be sick and be able to go home and heal to make the others they work with safe and for their own safety," said Del. Marcia Price (D-Newport News).

The bill has not been filed yet, but it would require employers to give five sick days to full time employees and provide two weeks of paid sick leave if they get COVID-19 or have to quarantine. During the session earlier this year, a similar bill passed in the House of Delegates, but did not make it through the Senate.

"You're not getting productivity out of people who are sick in your business, so it just makes sense that we want to make it safest for all," said Price.


Tuesday, August 25, 2020 3:34 PM

House, Senate advance several pieces of legislation

The Committee then took up HB 5052, from Henrico Del. Lamont Bagby (D), which would make Juneteenth a legal holiday in Virginia. It passed unanimously.

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Delegate Cia Price (D) presented her bill, HB 5064, which requires landlords to offer a payment plan before evicting a tenant. Price said that tenants still wouldbe able to seek rent relief funds and that landlords who own less than four dwellings would be exempt. The bill advanced out of the Law Committee on a 13-9 vote.

Del. Josh Cole presented HB 5106, which would block landlords from reporting things like missed payments or breaking a rental agreement to credit agencies during the pandemic. The committee advanced HB 5106 on an 11-8 vote.


Monday, August 24, 2020 10:30 AM

Norfolk considers ban on guns in city parks and buildings

Before July, it was impossible to prevent legal gun carriers from bringing their firearms into city buildings, other than a courthouse.  

But a new law, originally proposed by Del. Cia Price, a Newport News Democrat, allows local governments to bar the carrying of guns and ammunition in government buildings, public parks, recreation centers or at permitted events happening on the city’s streets or sidewalks.

The bill was adopted earlier this year by the General Assembly, part of a swath of gun legislation that was a high priority for Democrats after they seized control of the statehouse for the first time in nearly two decades.

The law went into effect on July 1, opening the way for localities to put restrictions into place. Newport News is the only Hampton Roads city to adopt such measures so far. Norfolk would be the second.

Norfolk’s proposed law would not apply to law enforcement or military in the course of their official duties, guns kept locked in a car or boat on city property or firearms used for theatrical, historical or educational programs.

The legislation also notes that any restrictions would have to be posted at the entry to any facilities where firearms were not allowed.

 


Thursday, August 20, 2020 3:42 PM

State Lawmakers Weigh Options to Help Relieve Eviction Crisis

In the House, Delegate Cia Price is advocating for similar legislation as part of a broader effort to prevent evictions, but her bill does not include the state of emergency provision.

She questions the idea of correlating the duration of a public health crisis with its economic aftermath.

Price asks, “What is the magic number of months that it would take after an emergency quite like we are experiencing now in order for families in Virginia to be able to be back economically strong as they were before the pandemic hit?”

As they’re currently written, if either bill passes with Governor Northam’s approval, it would take four months to go into effect.


Wednesday, August 19, 2020 3:51 PM

PHOTOS: Virginia General Assembly special session on COVID-19 and police reform

 

From left, Del. Mike Mullin, D-Newport News, Del. Jeff Bourne, D-Richmond, left, and Del. Jay Jones, D-Norfolk, Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News and Del. Joe Lindsey, D-Norfolk, speak about a bill they are introducing dealing with deprivation of rights, as they stand outside the Siegel Center in Richmond, VA Where the Virginia House of Delegates is meeting Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Behind them, a group from the Boogaloo organization stands.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020 3:45 PM

Lucas Charges Had Lawmakers Buzzing on First Day of Special Session

Senator Louise Lucas is the president pro temp of the Senate, and she presides over the chamber when the lieutenant governor isn’t around. She’s also now facing felony charges in Portsmouth for injury to a Confederate monument.

Delegate Cia Price of Newport News says she wasn’t aware that injury to an inanimate object was a felony. 

“The timing was political, and they sent us a message," she says. "But our message is reform is coming. Games are not, and I look forward to them clearing her name.”

“I think it’s the police gone rogue," says Claire Gastanaga at the ACLU, adding that the charges against Senator Lucas were signed off on by a magistrate rather than the local prosecutor.

“It’s not a good picture for them to draw in a circumstance in which people are genuinely concerned about the lack of civilian engagement in reviewing the behavior of police or deciding how they want to be policed,” explains Gastanaga.


Wednesday, August 5, 2020 3:59 PM

Virginia's mental health reforms may be paused for lack of funding

The funding was part of a $154 million package of reforms intended to build services to prevent people from having crises that require hospitalization, and to reduce hospital readmissions. It was included in the two-year budget that lawmakers worked on just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With tax revenue falling off, and pandemic-related costs rising, Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed line items that could remain in the budget but would not have funding.

“It seems like everything is connected and well thought out,” said Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, during an online meeting of the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health. “Is there a method to prioritize?”

 
 

“Which of your children are you willing to give up?” asked Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, who chairs the committee. “Each one of these things is going to improve somebody’s life. That’s what makes it tough.”

Sen. Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, who chairs the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee, said human services, education and health care are the most pressing needs.

 

“This is going to be austere,” she said. “The governor will be announcing his revenue forecast by the end of the week or the beginning on next week, and it isn’t going to be good.”


Monday, July 27, 2020 8:00 AM

Delegate Cia Price to host virtual round table addressing maternal health

Expecting parents can learn more about resources available to them tonight during a virtual town hall. 

Delegate Cia Price of Newport News is hosting the event, which will feature representatives from Sentara CarePlex, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Smart Beginnings and the Virginia Department of Health, among others.  

It’s happening as the commonwealth closes out its first official Maternal Health Awareness Month.  

“It’s a very, very important moment,” Price said. “We wanted to do an event during July to make sure that we could get all of the information out there that pregnant people need in order to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.” 

 

(click for full story)


Saturday, July 25, 2020 4:03 PM

NEWSWEEK: Stimulus Checks for 17-Year-Olds Gets Support From Virginia Rep.


A group of teenagers in Virginia who started a petition calling those aged 17 to be included as dependents and therefore covered by U.S. government stimulus funds, has got the backing of a Virginia lawmaker.

Following the passing of the CARES act in March, individual Americans were eligible for $1,200, while $2,400 was available for couples and $500 for each dependent under the age of 17.

However the teenaged group said that it was "not fair" those aged 17 were ineligible for the $1200 if they had not left home and their families were not able to get $500 for them as dependents.

Another said: "17-year-olds are still in high school, they are still greatly being supported by their parents and the family should see money for that. By excluding them, they are telling 17-year- olds they don't count. It's unfair."

Marcia Price, a Democrat who represents the 95th district in the Virginia House of Delegates, has taken up the teenagers' cause. "It wasn't until checks started coming out that people understood the definition of dependent was under the age of 17, " she said, according to 13 News Now.

"This isn't just a Hampton Roads issue, this is a national issue," she added.

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Friday, July 24, 2020 1:06 PM

State Delegate backs teen petition to include 17-year-olds in stimulus fund

 

 

The petition asks that in the next COVID-19 response bill from the federal level, the government include 17-year-olds, families receive the $500 from the CARES Act, and that 17-year-olds are included in any future COVID-19 relief packages. These teens are not alone. Delegate Marcia Price is backing them. “It wasn't until checks started coming out that people understood the definition of dependent was under the age of 17,” Price said. “This isn't just a Hampton Roads issue, this is a national issue.” Part of the petition reads: Many 17-year-olds are working on the front lines in grocery stores and restaurants and they should not be left out. Others have been laid off from their jobs like in recreation and entertainment industries and have lost their income that often helped their families make ends meet. Some are even saving for college and this loss of income will affect the plans for their future. Those that are 17 are still dependents and should not be treated differently than those who are 16 years old. There are already more than 200 signatures on the petition. The group will ultimately send it to the federal delegation in Virginia, as well as leadership at the U.S. Senate. Link for petition: bit.ly/500For17 (Click for full story)


Thursday, July 23, 2020 1:15 PM

As the Pandemic Continues, Should Next Month's Special Session Go Virtual?

It’s 2020, a year that at least sounds kind of futuristic. People are having virtual classes and even virtual happy hours. So why not a virtual session of the Virginia General Assembly?

Delegate Cia Price is a Democrat from Newport News, and she says it’s time for the oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere to join the 21st century. 

“So, It’s not impossible. It is totally possible," Price says. "In 2020, when you’re trying to keep 140 people safe plus their staff plus the clerk’s staff. It just seems like the most reasonable route to go.”

But is it really all that reasonable? Some people on the other side of the Capitol aren’t so sure.

“I’m pretty sure we’re going to be there," explains Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw. He says the senate’s experience meeting in the Science Museum of Virginia earlier this year was a success — proof positive that lawmakers can meet in person and practice social distancing while conducting legislative business. 

“So I don’t see that as a problem. You’re spaced out, you know? Hell, we were at least 15 feet from the next nearest person, not six," Saslaw says. "We were about 10 or 15 feet.”*

Click to hear the radio clip.

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*Please note, the Virginia House of Delegates did not have 15 feet social distancing, but struggled to achieve 3-4 feet. The Senate of Virginia has 40 members, the House of Delegates has 100 members.


Thursday, July 23, 2020 10:20 AM

Virtual town hall on evictions being hosted by local delegate Thursday night

On Thursday at 7 p.m., Delegate Marcia Price (D-Newport News) will host an online eviction town hall.

“If you are unfortunately facing eviction there are resources available. There are people that are able to help. There’s information that you need in order to best protect yourself, should you go to the court,” explained Delegate Price.

Lawmakers have added some new protections for people facing eviction including:

  • If you lost your job because COVID-19, you have the right to a 60-day delay on an eviction. You must bring proof of loss of income to court with you
  • If you rent a property with federal financing, it is part of the federal moratorium on evictions and you cannot be served an eviction notice until July 31

 

bit.ly/TenantsTownHall95


Monday, July 20, 2020 4:08 PM

Welcome To the TOP HITS of Gerrymandering…and Why Virginians Should Vote NO on the “Piss Poor” Constitutional Redistricting Amendment

And in 2020, Delegate Price on the House floor reminded the minority Republican delegates that, while they may “fear that the new majority party might do to them what they did to us for twenty years, this year we actually did pass the criteria bill” that would tie our own hands in drawing districts.

 

 

Here’s Delegate Marcus Simon (D-HD53) on the House floor in 2020, offering a substitute to the Amendment that would actually contain the elements advocates have been fighting for— truly non-partisan, independent, no legislators, guaranteed participation in the process for minorities, and the full language of the Voting Rights Act written in. Del. Simon: “So, what I’m hearing is that we don’t trust the enabling legislation under my floor substitute to protect political minorities, but actual minorities need to rely on the enabling legislation that we will draft to know that they have a seat at the table. That’s unacceptable.”

 


Monday, July 20, 2020 1:07 PM

State Lawmakers Must Balance Budget Amidst COVID: What Does that Mean for Legislative Priorities?

Black women are 2.4 times more likely to die in childbirth. Delegate Cia Price is a Democrat of Newport News who says that’s unacceptable. 

“Racism is not something in the past. It is actually impacting the life and death of Virginians right now, and we cannot lose sight of that just because the money is different," Price says. "But the way we go about it may have to be different because of the way the budget has been impacted. Those are part of the conversations that we will be having in the special session.”

The pandemic cut a giant hole in the budget, and now lawmakers will need to figure out a way to keep their priorities while also balancing the books.

(Click for audio and full story)


Friday, July 17, 2020 4:45 PM

Virginia General Assembly to hold special session in August to adopt budget

When asked when she would like to see discussed during the special session, Delegate Marcia Price (D - 95th District), who represents sections of Hampton and Newport News said, "I think that we will have to focus on funding our education and elections. Then we also have an evictions crisis that’s on hand that we’re going to really have to put funding into. [We need to help] keep people in their homes but also [find] some legislative fixes that we could have to fix the housing system in general."

 In addition to the budget, legislators will also discuss police reform.

She said, "we've heard you and we need to have some serious conversations [about racial injustice]. It’s beyond time for studies and platitudes - it’s now time for action and to deliver on the demand that the people are asking for."

 

 


Friday, July 17, 2020 3:14 PM

Special Session will begin August 18! Public hearings start next week!

Today, the Governor called the General Assembly to a Special Session set to begin on August 18, 2020.  The parameters and rules of the Session will be decided by the House and Senate once we return but legislative topics will most likely include 2020-2022 Budget, COVID-19 related issues, education, elections, housing, police reform, and criminal justice reform. Del. Price will be participating in 5 meetings that will include public comment.  Click to see dates, times, and information for participation.


Thursday, July 16, 2020 1:05 PM

Lawmakers Work to Ensure Renters Know Rights

On Tuesday, Attorney General Mark Herring released a report detailing all available state and federal tenant protections. This came at the request of Del. Marcia Price (D-Newport News), and about a dozen other lawmakers, following concerns about a lack of uniformity in the way Virginia courts are interpreting tenant protection measures. 

“We were witnessing evictions or relief being decided differently versus uniformly across the Commonwealth,” Price said. “We sought clarity of the legal options Virginia's tenants and landlords have at their disposal and the options that elected leaders have to help fix a broken system.”

Price said Herring’s report could serve as a point of reference for renters and homeowners to understand their rights. She said it also highlights how courts and landlords should be handling possible evictions. 

“There are a lot of ways in which the systems are not set up to help the person navigating the systems. And we’ve got to break that,” Price said. “If we have a stay at home, or shelter at home order, it is our duty to make sure that as many people can stay safe at their homes as possible.”

Current measures include a new state law that Price sponsored, giving renters a 60-day grace period to catch up on missed rent before facing eviction proceedings. It also grants homeowners and landlords 30 days before they undergo foreclosure proceedings. Qualifying Virginians have up-to 90 days after the state of emergency ends to request the 60-day delay from the courts.

(click for full article)


Thursday, July 16, 2020 11:20 AM

Virginia’s ban on evictions expired. Northam could try to extend it, but has resisted.

On Tuesday, after Newport News Del. Marcia “Cia” Price asked what can be done under the law to bar evictions during the pandemic, Virginia’s attorney general issued an advisory opinion saying a governor’s executive order is one possibility.

Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Portsmouth courts take up four of the top 10 spots for courts that held the most eviction hearings last week, with Newport News topping the list at 343 hearings, in 27% of which the judge ruled in favor of the landlord.

Price, a Democrat who was joined by 11 other delegates in asking for the attorney general opinion, said she’s looking at filing a package of legislation during the upcoming special General Assembly session, expected to be in August, to address the housing and eviction crisis.

But she’s concerned with how long it could take the legislation to go into effect. Any bills passed during a special session must be approved by the governor, and if Northam wants to amend or veto any bills, lawmakers would have to come back the sixth Wednesday after the special session ended to consider his changes.

“We are working on trying to fix a broken system that the pandemic has exacerbated,” she said. “But it would take the other two branches of government in order to take immediate action.”

Price got a bill passed earlier this year that allows tenants to ask for a 60-day continuance on an eviction hearing if they show proof they’ve lost income because of the pandemic.

(Click for full story)


Wednesday, July 15, 2020 4:07 PM

Del. Price's Statement on the Newport News Gun Ordinance

Del. Price commented, "After having carried legislation on this topic six times, I was glad to see it pass this year.  Advocates for gun safety and public safety have worked with legislators to bring real change to the lives of residents across the Commonwealth.  The purpose of House Bill 421 was for ordinances like this that focus on community safety as residents visit public buildings, parks, and special events." 

She added, "This ordinance allows the same level of workplace safety to the people that keep this city running that is afforded at restaurants and retail establishments. I applaud the Newport News City Council for their courage and leadership, showing other localities that they also can utilize this opportunity to enact policies that had been previously prohibited."

(Click to read the full release and the new ordinance)

 


Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:48 AM

Del. Price's Statement on the AG's Opinion regarding Evictions

"I want to offer my appreciation for a thoughtful opinion from our Attorney General pertaining to the legal options available to address the evictions crisis we are facing.  We requested this opinion because we were witnessing evictions or relief being decided differently versus uniformly across the Commonwealth.  We sought clarity of the legal options Virginia's tenants and landlords have at their disposal and the options that elected leaders have to help fix a broken system. This was urgent as a housing issue and a public safety issue because of the pandemic and the 'Stay at Home Order'."  
Del. Price continued, "Based on the opinion, we have a clearer sense of ways the courts, the General Assembly, and the Governor can take better action in accordance with the CARES Act, House Bill 340, and the powers within each branch of government in order to prevent evictions.  I am working work stakeholders on potential legislation for Special Session and as we each work in our respective lanes, I hope that we all will do everything in our power to prevent evictions and foreclosures happening during to the pandemic." 

(Click for full release and to read the letter and opinion)


Tuesday, July 14, 2020 8:48 PM

Newport News City Council bans open carry of weapons in city buildings; many speak against change

Mayor McKinley Price said he suggested the bill because he heard from city employees who said they’ve felt intimidated by visitors who have openly carried guns into their offices while complaining or raising an issue. Councilwoman Pat Woodbury was the only member to vote against the ban.

 

Two people spoke in favor of the ban, including Del. Cia Price, who sponsored a bill in the General Assembly to give localities the authority to ban guns in their buildings and facilities. Del. Price, Mayor Price’s daughter, said the right to bear arms should be weighed against the right of people to feel safe. She said people didn’t come out to speak because they feel intimidated from doing so.

(click for full story)


Tuesday, July 14, 2020 8:00 AM

Transition VA Podcast: Dels. Aird & Price talk the past, present, and future

On July 7, 2020, Del. Price joined Del Aird and the team at Transition Virginia podcast to discuss the past, the present, and the future.  It was an engaging conversation that covered quite a lot.  Listen at the link!


Monday, July 13, 2020 3:00 PM

Del. Price to Host Know Your Rights: Tenants' Town Hall

Del. Price is teaming up with the Virginia Poverty Law Center to help tenants learn more about the new laws that have taken effect and the new protections that are in place that help tenants.  Register for this event at bit.ly/TenantsTownHall95


Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:00 PM

Many young adults bypassed for stimulus checks are now pushing to change that

Washington lawmakers passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill called the CARES Act in March. That legislation authorized the U.S. government to send Americans stimulus checks of up to $1,200 per individual or $2,400 per married couple, as well as $500 per child.

But there is a catch: Those children must be under 17 years old, in keeping with the definition for the child tax credit.

Price, 39, became aware of the issue when she hosted a roundtable for teen constituents to find out how they were coping with the fallout from the coronavirus.

The teens complained that employers were treating their generation like adults by expecting them to work full time once school was no longer in session. But at the same time, the government was excluding them from stimulus checks because of their age.

“Their lives are largely impacted by the decisions that adults are making, and if we don’t take the time to check in with them we are not doing them our greatest service,” Price said.

Price helped the group to come up with an online petition and advocacy plan. Now, the teens are have been inspired to take on other issues, Price said.

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To sign the petition, please visit bit.ly/500For17

 


Tuesday, June 9, 2020 9:18 PM

Evictions halted across Virginia as the Northam administration implements comprehensive rent relief program

“I'm hearing a lot of stories of despair,” Price said. “These situations are being exacerbated by the global pandemic and exposed many of the failings of our housing system. This temporary measure allows more time for the executive and legislative branches to do our part to fix what needs to be fixed and for residents to learn more about their rights and available resources.”

The temporary moratorium will halt all eviction proceedings for a period of nearly three weeks, as the Northam administration implements a comprehensive rent relief program for the thousands of Virginians facing housing insecurity during this public health crisis.

“This gives us enough time to work and see what the Executive Branch will do with the CARES Act funding that came in and set up some rent and mortgage relief programs as well,” Price said.

In April, the General Assembly accepted the governor's amendment to a bill that now provides more time for the tenants and homeowners to pay their rent before getting evicted, if their income was impacted by a federal government shutdown or the pandemic.

Price, who represents part of Newport News and Hampton, introduced the bill.

“Unfortunately, the system for the Virginia Employment Commission has been completely overloaded,” Price said. “People who have applied for their benefits in April haven't gotten it, but that's what they were going to use to pay their rent and bills during this pandemic."

Details of the Governor’s rent relief initiative, supported by federal CARES Act funding, will be announced in the coming weeks. Price said state leaders need to take it further.

“In special session, should our resolution allow for it, the legislature needs to look at what are the failings of the housing system that we could've done to prevent this, or to deal with this situation legislatively should this happen again, much like we were able to amend House Bill 340,” Price said.

“We have got to get creative in order to help people who are feeling the pressure under this pandemic.”


Monday, June 8, 2020 8:05 PM

Delegate Price's June 8, 2020 Newsletter

For Immediate Release - June 8, 2020

Contact - Tempestt Boone (757)266-5935, tboone@house.virginia.gov

 

Statement on Temporary Moratorium on Evictions

 NEWPORT NEWS, VA - Delegate Marcia "Cia" Price (95th District) issued the following statement after the announcement of an updated and extended Temporary Moratorium on Evictions with respect to impacts of the pandemic:

"I want to commend all involved who worked to get the temporary eviction moratorium in place.  Advocates have highlighted and amplified the lived experiences some residents have because of systemic economic injustices.  These situations are being exacerbated by the global pandemic and exposed many of the failings of our housing system.  This temporary measure allows more time for the executive and legislative branches to do our part to fix what needs to be fixed and for residents to learn more about their rights and available resources.  Thank you to the Governor and his team for working on this with advocates, legislators, and residents to help us get to a better outcome expeditiously.  Every day matters for those on the brink of eviction." 

The Supreme Court of Virginia today issued a 5th Order of Judicial Emergency in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency.  This order modifies and extends previous provisions and establishes a temporary moratorium on evictions through June 28, 2020.  Click here to read the order. 

The Governor has committed to creating a rent relief initiative utilizing federal CARES Act funding in the meantime. The website StayHomeVirginia.com has more information on available resources. 

 
As a member of the Housing/Consumer Protections Subcommittee, Delegate Price has been advocating for changes in the housing realm.  She is the sponsor of HB 340 which was for furloughed federal workers and was amended to include residents economically impacted by COVID-19. The law offers a 60-day stay for evictions proceedings for tenants up to 90 days after the end of a furlough or State of Emergency.  Click here to read the bill as passed on April 22, 2020. 
 
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Delegate Marcia "Cia" Price is serving in her third term in the Virginia House of Delegates and represents the 95th District which includes parts of Newport News and Hampton. She serves as Chair of the Behavioral Health Subcommittee on the Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee, and also serves on the Privileges and Elections Committee, General Laws Committee, and the Public Safety Committee.
 
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Monday, June 8, 2020 4:30 PM

Del. Price's Statement on the Evictions Moratorium


Monday, June 8, 2020 10:58 AM

Gun control decisions — at least some of them — are shifting to cities and counties

In the end, the new law says localities can impose new gun rules, but only at public parks, public buildings, recreation and community centers, and permitted events. (Guns are already separately restricted at Virginia courthouses and schools).

Even then, lawmakers passed the new legislation only narrowly — 48-45 in the House of Delegates and 21-19 in the Senate. Gov. Ralph Northam signed the bill into law in April.

Though the legislation didn’t go as far as she wanted, Price says it’s a move in the right direction.

“I think it’s a significant step forward to getting the localities the empowerment that they need in order to do what they need to do to keep their residents safe," she said.


Monday, May 18, 2020 9:28 AM

May 18, 2020 Newsletter from Del. Price

Did you receive our latest email newsletter? If not, view it to learn more about teen advocacy efforts, elections updates, this week's town hall, and COVID-19 resources! Don't forget to click subscribe!

 


Monday, May 18, 2020 8:00 AM

Teens Advocate for inclusion in Stimulus Packages

Virginia teens spoke with Del. Price at a recent Teen Zoom Round Table and voiced concern over federal COVID-19 economic responses excluding 17 year olds.  The CARES Act gave families $500 for dependent children "under 17".  The teens have started a petition and movement for this to be fixed by paying families $500 for each 17 year old dependent child and including 17 year olds in all future federal COVID-19 responses.  To join the #500For17 movement, visit bit.ly/500For17, read the petition, sign, and share!  Help them fight for fairness in the economic impact payments.

 


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 6:20 PM

Black lawmakers ask Gov. Northam to delay reopening Virginia

A group of African-American state lawmakers are opposing the governor’s move to reopen parts of the economy on Friday, saying entering phase 1 will disproportionately affect people of color.

The 23-member Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, made up entirely of Democrats, wrote to Gov. Ralph Northam, also a Democrat, on Wednesday saying he hasn’t addressed the concerns they’ve raised over how black Virginians are unprotected and ill-supported during the coronavirus pandemic. The letter pointed out that minority communities make up “a significant percentage” of essential workers in the state. It’s an issue that the caucus raised earlier this month in a separate memo to the governor.

Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, said she’s heard from people worried about having to pay rent for the small business they own when the landlord starts demanding it again, but the owner doesn’t feel comfortable opening back up. She’s heard from people concerned about not having access to childcare as they go back to work because the centers are closed. And she’s heard from people who applied for unemployment in April and still haven’t received their benefits.

All of those calls have been from African-American constituents, she said.

“If we’re mandating that workers go back to work, we should also mandate that those workers can be safe,” Price said.

 


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 3:15 PM

Del. Price participates in Chamber & CNU Legislative Update

Del. Price joined other legislators as she discussed a legislative update with CNU's Wason Center for Public Policy and the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.  

 


Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:30 PM

Del. Price participates in 2020 Census Round Table

Looking at 2020 Census response maps, it is clear that Newport News and Hampton have some work to do to make sure traditionally undercounted communities don't go uncounted in the 2020 Census.  Hear from Del. Price as she joined other leaders across the nation to discuss how these communities can use their power to be heard in our democracy for Fai Count's round table discussion - Undercounted: Young, Black, and Fed Up - from May 12, 2020.  See www.delegatemarciaprice.com/2020-census-info for how you can make a difference.  And visit 2020census.gov to complete your 2020 Census online!

 


Tuesday, May 12, 2020 12:33 PM

May 12, 2020 Newsletter from Del. Price

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Friday, May 1, 2020 12:00 PM

Virginia Ends Prison Gerrymandering In Growing Push Against Unfair Redistricting, Felony Disenfranchisement

Virginia has become the latest state to put an end to prison gerrymandering, the practice of counting incarcerated people where they are detained instead of their last-known residence for purposes of redistricting. This move, advocates say, will help put an end to felony disenfranchisement. 

 The Virginia move is significant because “prison gerrymandering shifts political power toward the typically more rural and whiter communities where prisons are located, and away from cities and areas with more Black residents that suffer the brunt of over-policing and incarceration,” The Appeal reported.

In Virginia, African Americans are incarcerated at five times higher than whites. 

"When we’re talking about the voting bloc and voting power, African-American votes get watered down when people who cannot vote are included in the vote totals,” Democratic Delegate Marcia Price told the Virginia Mercury in February. 

 


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 9:00 PM

Del. Price's Statement on Newport News Local Elections - Update

Delegate Price's Statement Regarding the 2020 Local Elections in Newport News:

I thank him and the Council for discussing it and taking time for consideration. Further, I thank them for the commitment to encouraging all voters to use Absentee by mail voting AND making provisions to keep voters safe should they show up on ELECTION DAY ON MAY 19TH.

But here's a major takeaway: If my suggestion of June 2nd was too close to June 23rd because of this provision, then June 19th WAS NEVER A LEGAL OPTION. The Senate of VA rejected the Governor's recommendation to move the elections to November, who despite objections from candidates and incumbents, was the safest choice for voters during an international pandemic. They did this based on an argument for a plan that could never have happened. Read more from the Daily Press editorial from this week.

But now, our focus must be on making sure that ALL voters are safe AND have the chance to exercise their right to be a part of the democratic process. Again, the local elections are on May 19th and the last day to request a absentee ballot by mail is May 12th.

If you are registered to vote in VA, to get your absentee ballot, visit bit.ly/YourVAVoteMatters - If you need any help or have any questions, please let me know!

We have to continue to press to make sure we are taking #COVID19 seriously by keeping voters and staff safe and that as many people as possible exercise their right to vote. I hope moving forward, we will never ask our residents to have to make a choice between the two again.

I really do hope that everything works out and that every voter is able to stay safe, unlike what we have seen in other states. As we move forward though, please be careful not to mistake luck for leadership... especially not when it's your life that was used as the ante for the gamble. (Click for full statement)


Monday, April 27, 2020 11:36 AM

Hampton Roads restaurants feed thousands through World Central Kitchen... with some help from Pharrell

But Phelps, too, is a local — raised in Newport News. He joined World Central Kitchen two years ago after a career in clinical research. And he’s been one of the main driving forces for the Kitchen’s activities in Hampton Roads.

“We were contacted by a gentleman, Josh Phelps. Josh, as it turns out, is a native of Newport News. So when they were gearing up to do these partnerships, he contacted a person he went to school with, our delegate, Marcia Price. She hooked up the housing authority with him.”

Through Del. Price, Phelps also reached out to the Hampton Roads Community Action Program, a multi-faceted nonprofit that helps fight poverty all over the region, from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach.

“Because our organization already partners with so many other different organizations, we were able to combine the services they already provide with restaurant partners,” HRCAP chief operating officer Kevin Otey said. “We could take that, and then be able to start distributing meals very quickly.”

(Click for full story)

 


Monday, April 27, 2020 11:32 AM

'It's one small step forward' | World Central Kitchen

The World Central Kitchen (WCK) is an international organization founded by Chef Jose Andres that provides food relief during disasters. 

Josh Phelps, a Newport News native and the organization’s Relief Operations Manager, reached out to Delegate Marcia Price to offer support for his hometown. Price referred him to the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NNRHA) and now a great partnership has formed.

(Click for full story)


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