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Tuesday, November 23, 2021 10:56 AM

Newport News lupus survivor wants to bring awareness to two invisible illnesses with specialty license plates

In 2018, she founded the nonprofit organization, Social Butterflies Foundation. Its name stems from the butterfly-shaped rash that’s often a telltale sign of lupus. The organization provides a variety of resources including a support network, direct emergency assistance to survivors and their families, a college scholarship, and a wig outreach program.

Now, Corbett is fighting for the initiative that she said Del. Marcia Price, representing the 95th District, has stepped in to sponsor.

In order for the awareness campaign to move to the General Assembly next session, 450 preorders for each license plate must be obtained by Dec. 31.

If approved and signed by the governor, the plates will be made available for sale to the public. Corbett said a portion of each plate order will then go to Social Butterflies Foundation to further its mission and help more people throughout Virginia.


Sunday, November 7, 2021 4:47 PM

Opinion: Lawmakers to focus on repairing state mental health system

I’m proud to have a role in meaningful steps taken by the General Assembly to expand health care access, protect voting rights, strengthen housing protections, and invest in communities and schools. Even with that progress, there is much work ahead. As we look to the 2022 legislative session and confront a behavioral health system in crisis, investments to improve it must be a top priority. (click for full op-ed)


Wednesday, November 3, 2021 7:44 AM

Black voters in Virginia refuse to be blamed for a major Democratic defeat.

Democrats across Virginia expressed profound disappointment on Wednesday after Republicans romped to an unlikely victory in the governor’s race, an ominous sign for the Democratic Party ahead of next year’s midterm elections.

But one group refused to be blamed for the party’s poor showing: Black voters and elected officials.

Fears about Black turnout and a lack of enthusiasm did not materialize in Tuesday’s results, as former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, ran close to expected totals in the state’s majority-Black areas. Instead, Black state leaders and voters who backed Mr. McAuliffe said the results were a sign that the party could not rely on minority voters to cover its cratering totals in more white areas of the state, particularly in rural communities that voted heavily for Glenn Youngkin, the Republican businessman who won the governor’s race.

“I believe that Black voters are easily the first target for when things don’t go for how they want it to go,” said Marcia Price, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates who won re-election. “It’s a trash take to look at us and not the middle,” she said. “The middle said Youngkin is more palatable than Trump and they were willing to take a chance with him.” Ms. Price’s words reflect a sense among the state’s Black political class that communities of color are often blamed when Democrats lose.

 
 


Wednesday, November 3, 2021 12:02 AM

Del. Marcia “Cia” Price wins reelection bid for the 95th House District

Del. Marcia “Cia” Price won re-election Tuesday to a fourth term in the House of Delegates 95th District, beating Republican David G. Wilson. Price received 13,555 votes or roughly 63% ahead of Wilson who earned 7,760 votes or about 36% with 30 of 32 precincts reporting, unofficial results from the state Department of Elections showed as of 10:30 p.m... “We centered our campaign on the issues and really talking about my record for voting rights, housing, gun safety,” Price said. “The work we have done, the district asked me to do and I am really glad they are sending me back.”


Tuesday, November 2, 2021 6:37 PM

A look at the new laws that helped shape Virginia's 2021 elections

Assistance for certain voters, curbside voting

HB1921 expands curbside voting to any voter, regardless of age or physical ability, during a declared state of emergency.

Clarifies that any voter with a permanent physical disability, temporary physical disability, or injury is entitled to vote outside of the polling place.

According to the Department of Elections, curbside voting is "generally" only available for voters 65 years and older, or with a permanent disability.

The bill requires that the area designated for voting outside of the polling place be clearly marked and instructions on how the voter is to notify an officer of election of his request to vote outside of the polling place be prominently displayed.  

In what Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam called a "landmark" move, Gov. Northam this year approved the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, modeled after the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

The bill protects against voter discrimination and intimidation and requires a public comment period over any election changes made at the local level.

Prohibits any voting qualification or any standard, practice, or procedure related to voting from being imposed or applied in a manner that results in the denial or abridgment of the right of any United States citizen to vote based on his race or color or membership in a language minority group.

According to Northam's office, Virginia became the first state in the south to enact its own Voting Rights Act, and was championed by State Senator Jennifer McClellan and Newport News Delegate Marcia Price.


Wednesday, October 20, 2021 6:29 PM

Fighting For You!

On Election Day, November 2nd, vote to protect our progress! I'm proud of the work we've done together to expand access to life-saving healthcare, support our students and teachers for better educational outcomes, bring good-paying jobs to the 95th District and the Commonwealth for working families, and more! Send me back to Richmond to keep fighting for YOU.


 


Saturday, October 2, 2021 9:25 AM

City Fest on Oct 3rd!

Don't forget City On My Chest is hosting #CityFest on Sunday, October 3rd from noon-6pm at Mill Point Park in Hampton! Follow them for more info on the amazing local talent and vendors they are highlighting at the event!


Thursday, September 30, 2021 6:01 PM

Like it should be (campaign update)

Did you see our new campaign video this week?

Our team released our second video focused on my fight to pass the historic Voting Rights Act of Virginia. I led the charge to pass this legislation because when we protect the rights of voters, we protect your voices on so many other issues.  We put in the hard work and made history.  Now, Virginia is one of the easiest states to be a voter. The way it should be. 
Watch our new video here:

 

While voting rights are under attack in other states, it's not happening here because of what Virginia Democrats accomplished.  When the bill was signed into law right here in Newport News, I felt so proud because we made history, together.

This is such an important time and leadership matters.  That is why I am running for reelection, so I can continue delivering results for the community that helped raise me. 

We have made important progress but we have more work to do to build a Virginia that works for all of us.  We must protect our progress and keep moving forward!

And you can help us do just that! 

Join our team and knock on doors, make phone calls, and donate


Tuesday, September 28, 2021 8:31 AM

Our latest ad dropped today! Let's protect voting rights!

Our vote is our voice and it's under attack. This is a crucial moment and leadership matters. That's why I led the charge to pass the historic Voting Rights Act of Virginia and why I am asking for your support so we can protect our progress.  Early voting is underway, now through October 30th! 
www.DelegateMarciaPrice.com 


Thursday, September 23, 2021 2:37 PM

Candidate Profile: Marcia “Cia” Price (District 95)

Marcia Price is the Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates District 95. Her name will appear on the ballot on Nov. 2.

Candidate: Marcia “Cia” Price

Race: Virginia House of Delegates District 95

 
Party: Democratic

Websitepricefordelegate.com

Biography: Del. Marcia “Cia” Price is a Democrat representing the 95th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. A 10th generation resident of Hampton Roads, Price is a lifelong advocate and public servant who is proud to represent the community who helped raise her. From passing the historic Voting Rights Act of Virginia, to protecting renters from unjust evictions and securing historic funding for education, Price has been a crucial voice for the residents of the 95th District in Richmond. She is currently running for re-election.

Why should Virginians re-elect you to the Virginia House of Delegates?

The people of the 95th District deserve a fighter; someone willing to stand up for them, and I’m proud to be that person. As a delegate, I’ve put all my effort into speaking up for those whose voices have been silenced by systemic obstacles, taking their concerns directly to Richmond, saying the things that need to be said, and doing the hard work of legislating to change lives.

The 757 is my home. I’m a 10th generation resident, and the people here helped raise me. That’s why I first ran, and why I’m running for re-election. We have delivered results on education, healthcare, voting rights, criminal justice reform, and more. But there’s so much left to do and I am up for the challenge to keep fighting until we build the Virginia that works for us all.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?

We listened to residents and did the work to deliver changes that the people of the 95th District deserve. This year alone, I led the charge to pass the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, which protects fundamental freedoms that other states are now attacking. You can’t have a representative democracy when you’re actively cutting out communities from the democratic process.

I also fought and succeeded in providing crucial funding for communities to help prevent gun violence, protected renters from eviction during the pandemic, and secured historic funding for both K-12 and higher education. These advancements took hard work, dedication, collaboration, intense research, and negotiating skills that got results.  

If re-elected, I will continue strengthening our democracy and voting rights protections, reforming our criminal justice system, expanding access to affordable housing, stopping unfair evictions, bringing more good-paying jobs to the district, making healthcare more affordable, protecting our environment for future generations, working with others to prevent gun violence in our communities, and helping ensure our children can thrive and follow their dreams.

My record is all about fighting for people who need us most, and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together. If re-elected, I will continue to do the work to represent the 95th District well.

What is the most important issue facing your district, and what is your position on it?

Gun violence and its impact on our community remains a tragic reality for far too many in the 95th District. Understanding that gun violence is preventable, we have done a lot to address firearm safety, but we have to address the health, economic, education, and justice aspects of gun violence as well.

We must listen to our young people and provide them with opportunities to excel and pathways forward to success. We know what works and that’s where we are making strategic, long-term investments. This past Virginia General Assembly session, I helped secure $5.8 million for these kinds of evidence-based programs that will go directly to collaborations with community organizations in local communities like Newport News and Hampton. We must continue to work together to make sure our community is safe. Everyone can and should play a part.

What is your position on Virginia’s overall response to the coronavirus pandemic, and what might you have done differently?

I know that this has been a hard road since March 2020, and we have lost so many community members to this pandemic. The financial impact has also hit homes across the nation, but we are doing better than most states thanks to the leadership in the Virginia General Assembly and our governor. 

Our decisive, science-based, and collaborative decision making was key to getting the resources to those who need it, but we aren’t out of the woods yet. We cannot allow misinformation to harm our most vulnerable communities. We can recover quicker as a Commonwealth by understanding that our individual choices impact the whole of the community.  

We have already spent millions investing in free vaccinations, PPE, testing, contact tracing, rent relief, mortgage relief, utility relief, and investment in small businesses; however, more must be done at the state level to protect front-line workers and essential staff, especially those from black and brown communities, who are still disproportionately suffering due to lack of on-the-job support, threat of evictions, lack of access to the vaccine, and other issues that were only exacerbated by the pandemic. 

What are the top three issues created by the coronavirus pandemic in your district, and how would you plan to address them?

Amidst an ongoing global health crisis, people in the 95th District have also had to face the increased threat of evictions, lack of equitable access to healthcare, and continuing economic fallout. While these are issues that have worsened over the past two years, make no mistake: These are issues that residents of the 95th District have faced long before COVID-19.

The pandemic has only exacerbated existing inequities. That is why I have worked hard as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates to secure targeted investments back to the 95th District, including providing help to residents by injecting millions into the Unemployment Trust Fund, Rebuild VA (a special COVID-19 small business grant fund), and a variety of healthcare initiatives. We also took advantage of federal funding to address the eviction crisis, with more than $1 billion set aside for mortgage and rent relief. I’m proud of what I’ve been able to do to deliver on behalf of the people of the 95th District, but there is more to do, and if re-elected, more I will do.


Tuesday, September 21, 2021 4:45 PM

Local leaders react to school shooting at Heritage High in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A shooting took place at Heritage High School in Newport News Monday morning.

Two teens were shot: One male was shot in the side of the face, and the other was a female who was shot in the lower leg, police said, adding that neither sustained what are considered life-threatening injuries.

Police say a suspect is now in custody. He is a minor.

Local leaders are now reacting to the senseless act of violence that took place.

Del. Cia Price

What happened today is a tragedy. My heart goes out to the Heritage High School and Huntington Middle School students, families, teachers, and staff impacted; and to our whole community who are confronting yet another example of gun violence. Our young people deserve a safe learning environment where they can prepare for their future and thrive; not to have to fear yet another person with a gun. This cannot become the new normal.

It is so very important that we connect with these students and students all across our city and let them know that they are not alone, that we are supporting them, and that we are invested in their future. And we should encourage everyone to seek the mental health resources they need as we all process these events. Our community has proven time and time again how resilient we are, but we cannot and should not allow a community's strength to take the place of our collective responsibility to prevent gun violence.

I've been in touch with local leaders here, and we are on the same page: this cannot happen again, and we are committed to wrapping our services and our arms around these students.


Monday, September 20, 2021 4:34 PM

Price's statement on the Heritage High School Shooting

 

Del. Price's statement on today's events:

What happened today at Heritage High School is a tragedy. My heart goes out to the students, families, teachers, and staff impacted; and to our whole community who are confronting yet another example of gun violence. Our young people deserve a safe learning environment where they can prepare for their future and thrive; not to have to fear yet another person with a gun. This cannot become the new normal.

It is so very important that we connect with these students and students all across our city and let them know that they are not alone, that we are supporting them, and that we are invested in their future. And we should encourage everyone to seek the mental health resources they need as we all process the events.

Our community has proven time and time again how resilient we are, but we cannot and should not allow a community's strength to take the place of our collective responsibility to prevent gun violence. I've been in touch with local leaders here, and we are on the same page: this cannot happen again, and we are committed to wrapping our services and our arms around these students.


Friday, September 17, 2021 8:30 AM

Price Announces Twenty New Endorsements

As Early Voting Begins, Delegate Price Announces Twenty New Endorsements

"I am so proud to have earned the support of these organizations because, like me, they are dedicated to working and fighting on behalf of everyday people," Del. Price said. "During my time in the General Assembly, I have worked with them to deliver for the 95th District, to speak up for those voices that have been silenced, and to pass meaningful legislation that improves the lives of the people who call this community home. Today, as early voting kicks off across the Commonwealth, I am honored to have the backing of so many groups who know that I am the fighter my constituents need in Richmond."


Tuesday, September 7, 2021 8:06 AM

My Why

I'm running for reelection because I know what it takes to deliver for the people of the 95th District. So today, I'm asking for your support! On November 2, send me back to Richmond to keep fighting for you. Vote #TeamPrice! 
#BeTheChangeDoTheWork
Learn more: PriceForDelegate.com 
Donate: PriceForDelegate.com/contribute

 


Tuesday, August 31, 2021 6:36 PM

Northam Pardons 7 Men Executed in 1951

In front of the Civil Rights Memorial on Capitol Square on a humid day, Northam addressed reporters, sometimes almost drowned out by cicadas. “As we sit here in 2021 and think about what happened: the rapid trials, the trials by jurors that were all white men. It was wrong,” he said. “We're making progress, but still have a lot of work to do.” “Systemic racism exists in our society. Black oppression exists. And I think a lot of people need to step back and realize that Black oppression and racism didn't stop with slavery.”

Delegate Marcia Price of Newport News said the pardons gives energy to other advocacy on racial justice. “This was one of those opportunities to see wrongs get righted and it's really invigorating - it's powerful. But it's also inspiring for the work that is left for us to continue.”

Virginia outlawed the death penalty this year. 


Tuesday, August 31, 2021 3:42 PM

Black men executed for rape in 1951 granted posthumous pardons by Virginia governor

Tuesday’s announcement was welcome news to elected officials who had fought for such changes alongside Northam, including state Delegate Cia Price, D-Newport News. 

Price entered the Virginia Legislature a term before the 2017 blue wave election which saw the young official joined by other young, Black and brown progressive lawmakers in taking control of the previously Republican-controlled body. 

She pointed to Tuesday’s pardons as well as other reforms such as marijuana legalization and changes to civil rights laws over the last two years, as proof of the Democratic majority's priorities and successes. 

“Democrats have consistently been fighting for justice and I’m proud of the work we’ve done,” she said before stressing they are far from done. ”It’s going to take time, but days like today show that commitment.”

Northam also brought family members of the Martinsville Seven to the state Capitol for a private meeting where he signed the posthumous pardon document.


Friday, August 27, 2021 8:24 PM

As SCOTUS ends eviction freeze, lawmaker urges Virginians to seek $600M available in tenant relief

The White House's latest eviction ban is over. The Supreme Court ruled evictions can resume across the nation and claimed the CDC lacks the authority to impose a ban. However, Delegate Marcia Price (D-Newport News) said there are still hundreds of millions of dollars available for tenants in Virginia. “We do not want millions of dollars sitting in a pot just because people didn’t know about it," said Price.  Del. Price said it is "unfortunate" that the federal freeze ended, but Virginia has resources available for people struggling to keep a roof over their heads. As of mid-August, Price said roughly $655 million is still up for grabs through the Virginia Rent Relief Program. “The time is now. There is no more waiting," said Price.  

 


Saturday, August 21, 2021 1:39 PM

Despite eviction ban, Virginia families facing eviction; what experts say you should do

During the General Assembly’s special session, lawmakers approved a budget to extend state-level protections for those struggling to pay rent, mortgage and utility bills due to the pandemic. “[There's] about $655 million left in rent relief, so that’s what’s left for landlords and tenants to apply for,” Del. Marcia Price, who represents Virginia’s 95th District, said. There’s even funding available to help homeowners pay for their mortgage. “There’s also an additional $258 million in mortgage relief. We’re really trying to help people stay housed, especially during the pandemic. These funds are available for people to apply for now,” Del. Price said.

 

 
 


Friday, August 20, 2021 5:00 PM

Del. Price at The 19th News National Conference

PANEL

Voting rights: On the ground in Virginia | August 20, 2021 at 2:40 p.m. ET

Earlier this year, Virginia passed an expansive voting rights measure that restores many components of the federal Voting Rights Act, which had been stripped by the Supreme Court in 2013. The 19th’s Candice Norwood evaluates what those new rules mean for Virginia voters and how this state came to lead in the fight for voting rights.

  • State Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, Democrat, Virginia
  • Tram Nguyen, Co-Executive Director, New Virginia Majority

MODERATOR:

 Candice Norwood, Reporter, The 19th


Tuesday, August 17, 2021 3:48 PM

VA General Assembly Celebrates Warwick Little League

Warwick Little League major all-stars won the Virginia State Championship in July 2021! These 10-12-year-old athletes gave it their all and won bringing the Championship home to the Peninsula for the first time ever for their age group! Congratulations to them and the adults in their lives!

Read the Resolution here


Wednesday, August 4, 2021 6:06 PM

Eviction Moratorium Back in Place Across Most of the U.S.

For more information on how to apply for rent relief and housing resources, please visit: https://delegatemarciaprice.com/housing-information


Wednesday, August 4, 2021 11:24 AM

Va. Republicans look to end enhanced unemployment benefits, increase funding to prevent payroll tax hike

In a previous interview, Gov. Ralph Northam pledged that Virginians on unemployment could count on the $300 enhancement through the deadline set by Congress. “There are individuals in Virginia that are having difficulty finding employment and, until they do that, federal help is something that will help them pay their bills. So we don’t have any plans of eliminating that in Virginia,” Northam told 8News in June.

Del. Marcia Price (D-Newport News) agrees with that approach. Asked about this on Tuesday, she said, “The people I’m talking to in the 95th District absolutely want to work. They just don’t want to go back into dangerous work conditions.”

Price is among the lawmakers who backed a proposal from advocates to use ARPA funding to give bonuses to those experiencing long wait times for unemployment benefits in more complex cases. That does not appear to be included in the current spending plan that advanced out of committee on Monday, based on a budget briefing given to legislators.

 


Tuesday, August 3, 2021 4:51 PM

Virginia Eviction Protections Could Be Extended as Filings Rise

Right now, it’s optional for landlords to apply on behalf of tenants. Democratic lawmakers like Cia Price want to make it mandatory, as it was from late November through June. That setup won praise from the New York Times’ editorial board as a model for other states where the funds have languished.

“It is unconscionable that there would be evictions when the money is there,” Price said.

So far, the fund has helped over 48,000 households with over $300 million in rent money; nearly $700 million remains left to disperse. The budget proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam that is currently under consideration by the General Assembly would allow the program to be extended through June 2022 or until the funds are exhausted.


Tuesday, August 3, 2021 2:50 PM

Del. Price joins Democracy Nerd Podcast on Voting Rights

Bucking the trend of other states passing restrictive and repressive voter suppression laws in response to Trump's Big Lie, the commonwealth of Virginia is bucking this trend by passing its Voting Rights Act, with the novel idea that all citizens have the right to vote. What led to the first Southern state--and the first state previously covered by "preclearance" in the 1965 Voting Rights Act--to pass a bill expanding voting rights? Virginia State Sen. Jennifer McClelland and State Del. Cia Price join Jefferson to discuss the passage of the Virginia Voting Rights Act.


Tuesday, August 3, 2021 2:02 PM

Lawmakers Working to Iron Out Wrinkles in Eviction Protections

Delegate Cia Price is a Democrat from Newport News who says this is not the time to evict people who are having a hard time making ends meet. "This should not be used as an opportunity to get rid of anyone," explains Price. "Get your money, and then let's move forward."  (click for full story and audio)


Tuesday, August 3, 2021 12:04 AM

Virginia moves to restart eviction protections after federal moratorium lapses

Virginia was one of the first states to stand up a rent relief program, dedicating millions in federal aid to people unable to pay their bills. The program has been cited as a national model, but corresponding eviction protections that required landlords to notify tenants financial help was available and apply on their behalf ended in June, when Gov. Ralph Northam allowed the pandemic state of emergency to expire.

At the time, Northam’s administration stressed that the rent relief program still had millions of dollars available, money they believed landlords would tap into even in the absence of a mandate.

But as they gaveled into a special legislative session Monday, Virginia lawmakers said they believe a mandate is still necessary.

“What I think we are finding is that there are still quite a few landlords and tenants that do not know that the money is available,” said Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News. “So what we’re trying to do is make sure that if it’s mandated as part of the process, they’ll have to find out about it.”


Monday, August 2, 2021 11:40 AM

Lawmakers Working to Iron Out Wrinkles in Eviction Protections

Delegate Cia Price is a Democrat from Newport News who says this is not the time to evict people who are having a hard time making ends meet.  "This should not be used as an opportunity to get rid of anyone," explains Price. "Get your money, and then let's move forward."  Both the House and the Senate would need to agree on an exemption for small-scale landlords, so the fate of this proposal will play out as the special session progresses this week.


Friday, July 30, 2021 10:52 PM

With the eviction moratorium set to expire, here's how you can get rent relief money

"It’s really important for people to know this is not a loan. This is free money to pay your rent if you have had a negative impact because of COVID," Del. Marcia Price said.  To apply, there must be a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People interested in applying for the Rent Relief Program can call 703-962-1884 to do so. "The program is set up where either the landlord or tenant can apply. You do not have to be going through an eviction at the moment to apply for it. Once it’s found that you’re eligible, the funds go to the landlord for the rent that’s due," Del. Price said.

 

 


Monday, July 26, 2021 11:45 AM

‘The long term fight’: How Democrats plan to save voting rights

Within the last two years, the state’s Democrat-controlled General Assembly and Governor Ralph Northam have secured no-excuse mail-in ballots, repealed a restrictive voter ID law, enacted automatic voter registration and made Election Day a state holiday – marking a radical expansion of voting rights that advocates now are fighting to protect, or risk undermining generational progress against a tide of suppressive voting laws across the US. “It can go away,” said the bill’s author, Virginia Representative Marcia Price. “I think people sometimes don’t really understand how fragile this process really is,” she told The Independent. “In my eyes, America’s democracy started in 1965 and not a day before that. What are we doing to protect it, feed it and nurture it? I think the next step is continuing to protect the progress that we’ve made and fighting back against the big lie.”

“It’s not blind faith or trust in humanity that got us the Voting Rights Act [of 1965],” she said. “It was literal blood, sweat and tears. … I don’t have the luxury to believe in the best in humanity. I need the laws to protect my rights, my community’s rights and everybody’s rights. I have hope in the people who have put their lives on the line because we’ve had to do that for generations to get the changes that we needed. That is what keeps us going.”

(Click to read more)


Friday, July 23, 2021 9:30 PM

Tenants urged to seek resources ahead of eviction moratorium's end on July 31

The nationwide eviction moratorium ends on July 31, and Del. Marcia Price says resources are available for people struggling with payments.  Advocates for tenants' rights advise people who are behind on their rent because of the pandemic should reach out for help as soon as possible.  This weekend, Price will host a seminar to help tenants know their rights, protections and help navigate through available resources. 

Price says people should know there are options.  “There’s a 14-day notice to pay or quit. There are payment plans. There's a 60-day stay for an eviction for a tenant and a 30-day stay for foreclosure for a homeowner,” she mentioned.  The "Know Your Rights: Housing Edition" event will take place Saturday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center at 2410 Wickham Avenue. It will also feature the City of Newport News, the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia, Tidewater Tenants Rights, Consumer Litigation Associates, and the Virginia Poverty Law Center.  It will be live-streamed on Del. Marcia Price's Facebook page for people who are unable to attend.


Thursday, July 8, 2021 10:22 AM

Voting rights: What’s next after U.S. Supreme Court decision?

Earlier this year, the Virginia Voting Rights Act was championed in the Virginia General Assembly by state Sen. Jennifer McClellan of Richmond and Delegate Marcia Price of Newport News and signed into law by Gov. Ralph S. Northam. Passage of the Virginia Voting Rights Act initially was hailed as a secondary safeguard against new voter restrictions. But last week, this new legislation instantly became our life raft of last resort to protect our right to vote. As the national NAACP put in a statement, “The 6-3 ruling in Brnovich v. Democratic National Convention places new restrictions on Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which was signed into law almost 40 years ago by Ronald Reagan. The Court sent the clear message that vote suppressors around the country will go unchecked as they enact voting restrictions that disproportionately impact voters of color.” Since the Supreme Court’s ruling, I have been asked repeatedly, “What’s next?” and “Where do we go from here?” The easy answer would be that we need to pressure Congress to pass legislation like the John Lewis Voting Rights Act or similar reforms. However, here at the Virginia NAACP, we believe that now more than ever we must enshrine the right to vote in our state Constitution. We must work tirelessly to pass SJ272, championed by state Sen. Mamie Locke of Hampton.


Thursday, July 1, 2021 1:57 PM

Voting Rights Act goes into effect July 1

On July 1, 2021, Del. Price's bill, the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, became law to help protect our democracy in Virginia. This was a collaborative effort led by Del. Price with amazing partners Sen. Jennifer McClellan, New Virginia Majority, The Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Advancement Project, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.  It is modeled after the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 and takes Virginia in a different direction by fighting voter suppression versus enabling it.  Click to read more about the bill, coverage on the bill, and updates on Voting Rights!


Thursday, July 1, 2021 10:24 AM

July 1st: New Laws Take Effect

Read more here: https://mailchi.mp/house/july-1-updates-new-laws


Wednesday, June 30, 2021 8:35 AM

New Virginia laws are going into effect Thursday. Here’s what you should know.

Here’s a non-comprehensive list of some of those bills, with information on how they could affect you or someone you know.

Voting rights

Under legislation introduced by Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, curbside voting will be extended to all voters during a state of emergency due to a public health crisis, such as the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, curbside voting was reserved for voters with a permanent or temporary physical disability. The new law requires the curbside voting area to be clearly marked, and instructions on how voters can notify election officials of their intent to vote outside will be provided on signs at the polling place.

(Click for full list)


Friday, June 25, 2021 2:13 PM

Virginia Expands Voting Rights as Other States Suppress Ballot Access

RICHMOND, Va.—On July 1, Virginia will implement eight more voting rights expansion measures backed by the House Democrats, making voting more accessible for all eligible voters to cast their ballots, which contrasts how Republicans nation-wide have advocated for voting restrictions. 

“As we’ve seen across the nation, in Republican-led state legislatures, they are repeating history and punishing Black and Brown voters for exercising their power. In Virginia, under our leadership, we know that our democracy is strongest when everyone can participate,” said Delegate Cia Price, the patron of HB 1980. “The Voting Rights Act of Virginia protects the rights of historically suppressed communities instead of attacking them.” 

Last year, when Virginia House of Delegates experienced its first Democratic majority in more than 20 years, House Democrats passed sweeping voting rights legislation including creating a permanent absentee vote-by-mail option, removing the excuse requirement for absentee voting, enacting same-day voter registration, establishing Election Day as a state holiday, expanding the voter identification law to include certain non-photo IDs, making voter registration applications available at high schools and colleges, authorizing automatic voter registration, and providing voting materials for non-English-speaking citizens in localities where a language minority group includes at least 10,000 voters or five percent of the voting population. 

(Click the link for more and for a list of new Voting Laws)


Wednesday, June 23, 2021 3:50 PM

Special Session II has been called!

It's official! The VA General Assembly is headed back to Richmond for Special Session II on Aug 2, 2021 to address the state budget, more specifically involving decisions around the federal relief funding coming to Virginia because of the American Rescue Plan.  Click here to read more and stay tuned on how to stay engaged through this process!

 


Wednesday, June 23, 2021 11:33 AM

Virginia’s marijuana reform needs work, some say. So a delegate and a defense lawyer will discuss the new law.

A Newport News state delegate and a prominent local criminal defense lawyer will talk about Virginia’s marijuana legalization on Wednesday evening in a Zoom call. The discussion — open to the public — is part of a new “Conversations with the Clerk” series sponsored by Newport News Clerk of Circuit Court Angela Reason. The online discussion between Reason, Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-Newport News, and attorney Timothy Clancy will begin at 6 p.m. Price was heavily involved in the recent effort to legalize marijuana, while Clancy is an expert on the current state laws on the issue.

The Zoom ID to get access to the discussion is 844-4057-6466. The Virginia General Assembly voted earlier this year to legalize the simple possession of marijuana for adults ages 21 and older. That’s up to an ounce, with no intent to distribute, and adults can grow up to four plants per household. But the law, which goes into effect July 1, is still considered confusing and a work in progress because it’s still against the law to both buy and sell pot. It’s also still illegal to use it in public or while driving. Lawmakers are still hashing out the details of how the marijuana marketplace will be formed and regulated.


Monday, June 21, 2021 9:31 AM

Juneteenth Recap & Updates

See Del. Price's newest email update on Juneteenth, rent relief, COVID-19 resources, and more!

https://mailchi.mp/house/juneteenth-and-updates


Thursday, June 17, 2021 8:06 AM

The Daily Podcast: June 17, 2021 Including Del. Price

Listen to hear more of the story from the June 14, 2021 article.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/17/podcasts/the-daily/ralph-northam.html


Monday, June 14, 2021 5:21 PM

Virginia state leaders, advocates answer questions about marijuana legalization

NORFOLK, Va. - In just a few weeks, simple possession of marijuana becomes legal in Virginia. Ahead of that, advocates and state leaders are seeking to help answer questions about what people can and cannot do.  The state has launched a website to help answer questions. Various advocacy groups also have made their own FAQ sections on their websites.

Adults 21 and older will be allowed to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.  "This was a good faith effort and a great first step to show that it's business and justice. We'll get through the gray area and we'll get to that structure being set up," said Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News). "This is the first step in a multi-year process as we work toward that 2024 deadline," said Price.

 


Monday, June 14, 2021 6:00 AM

Black Virginians Took Ralph Northam Back. Neither Has Forgotten.

Ms. Price, who represents heavily Black areas including Hampton and Newport News, said that when she returned to her district, it was clear to her that Black constituents were more divided on the scandal than the national outcry might suggest. Some wanted Mr. Northam to go, she said, but many were also so familiar with racism in the old Confederate South that they did not find his possible actions disqualifying. She also sensed opportunity. “With folks that have privilege, it is usually when that privilege is put into jeopardy, or called out, that the learning begins,” she said. “There were people calling me that have only spent a weekend at Virginia Beach, telling me what I should do for my constituents,” Ms. Price said. “But my lived experience shows me that I have to be strategic.” 

Wes Bellamy, a former vice mayor of Charlottesville and a Black activist who rallied behind Mr. Northam, said the governor’s message of personal growth was commendable, but should still be viewed through the lens of politics. That’s why he focuses on the impact of Mr. Northam’s policy, he said. “There are very few opportunities for Black people to demand what they want and truly believe the government is going to come through for them,” Mr. Bellamy said. “We knew we couldn’t just talk.”  Mr. Bellamy said Black political leaders saw another lesson. “A white person used their privilege to stay in office,” he said. But to make change, “Black people used their power.” Mr. Bellamy said. “We knew we couldn’t just talk.”

(Click to read the full article.)


Saturday, June 12, 2021 6:35 PM

Virginia unveils new marijuana legalization website; here’s what’s legal, and what isn’t starting July 1

Beginning July 1, Virginians over the age of 21 can legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana without fear of criminal or civil penalties. Virginia’s General Assembly passed legislation to legalize sales by the year 2024, and Gov. Ralph Northam soon after expedited the process to allow for legal possession before the year’s end. With the hopes of educating the public on what exactly to expect come July, the state launched a new resource tool to help citizens better understand the new law. “The fact there were multiple versions of the bill that came out, different stories and different aspects, people need to know what’s actually going into effect,” Del. Marcia Price told 13News Now Friday. Price was [a copatron] for the House of Delegates version of the marijuana legalization bill.

The new website, cannabis.virginia.gov, is an information hub to answer any questions civilians might have about what is or isn’t going into effect. It also outlines what aspects of the drug still need to be addressed in the coming years, and how people interested in getting in on the business-side of things can get involved.

Here’s what’s legal in just a few weeks:

  • Adults 21 years and older will be allowed to possess not more than one ounce of cannabis for personal use.
  • Generally, adults 21 years and older will be allowed to use marijuana in private residences. However, nothing prohibits the owner of a private residence from restricting the use of marijuana on its premises.
  • Adults 21 and over will also be allowed to grow up to four plants per household (not per person), according to specified requirements (see “Home Cultivation” below).
  • “Adult sharing” or transferring one ounce or less of marijuana between persons who are 21 years or older without remuneration will be legal. “Adult sharing” does not include instances in which (i) marijuana is given away contemporaneously with another reciprocal transaction between the same parties; (ii) a gift of marijuana is offered or advertised in conjunction with an offer for the sale of goods or services; or (iii) a gift of marijuana is contingent upon a separate reciprocal transaction for goods or services.

And here’s what’s still illegal:

  • It will remain illegal for anyone to possess more than one ounce of marijuana. Individuals found guilty of possessing more than one ounce, but not more than one pound of marijuana are subject to a civil penalty of not more than $25. Individuals found guilty of possessing more than one pound are subject to a felony.
  • It will remain illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume, purchase, or possess marijuana, or to attempt to consume, purchase or possess any amount of marijuana.
  • It will remain illegal to distribute or sell marijuana, and/or to possess any amount of marijuana with the intent to distribute or sell it. This prohibition applies equally to businesses, which will not be permitted to sell, “gift,” or in any other way distribute marijuana. For more information on how to obtain a license to sell marijuana in the future, see Adult-Use Cannabis Commercial Sales.
  • Existing safety measures will remain in place, including prohibiting use of marijuana while driving a motor vehicle or while being a passenger in a motor vehicle being driven; possessing marijuana on school grounds, while operating a school bus, in a motor vehicle transporting passengers for hire, or in a commercial vehicle.
 


Saturday, June 12, 2021 6:35 PM

Virginia unveils new marijuana legalization website; here’s what’s legal, and what isn’t starting July 1

Beginning July 1, Virginians over the age of 21 can legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana without fear of criminal or civil penalties. Virginia’s General Assembly passed legislation to legalize sales by the year 2024, and Gov. Ralph Northam soon after expedited the process to allow for legal possession before the year’s end. With the hopes of educating the public on what exactly to expect come July, the state launched a new resource tool to help citizens better understand the new law. “The fact there were multiple versions of the bill that came out, different stories and different aspects, people need to know what’s actually going into effect,” Del. Marcia Price told 13News Now Friday. Price was [a copatron] for the House of Delegates version of the marijuana legalization bill.

The new website, cannabis.virginia.gov, is an information hub to answer any questions civilians might have about what is or isn’t going into effect. It also outlines what aspects of the drug still need to be addressed in the coming years, and how people interested in getting in on the business-side of things can get involved.

Here’s what’s legal in just a few weeks:

  • Adults 21 years and older will be allowed to possess not more than one ounce of cannabis for personal use.
  • Generally, adults 21 years and older will be allowed to use marijuana in private residences. However, nothing prohibits the owner of a private residence from restricting the use of marijuana on its premises.
  • Adults 21 and over will also be allowed to grow up to four plants per household (not per person), according to specified requirements (see “Home Cultivation” below).
  • “Adult sharing” or transferring one ounce or less of marijuana between persons who are 21 years or older without remuneration will be legal. “Adult sharing” does not include instances in which (i) marijuana is given away contemporaneously with another reciprocal transaction between the same parties; (ii) a gift of marijuana is offered or advertised in conjunction with an offer for the sale of goods or services; or (iii) a gift of marijuana is contingent upon a separate reciprocal transaction for goods or services.

And here’s what’s still illegal:

  • It will remain illegal for anyone to possess more than one ounce of marijuana. Individuals found guilty of possessing more than one ounce, but not more than one pound of marijuana are subject to a civil penalty of not more than $25. Individuals found guilty of possessing more than one pound are subject to a felony.
  • It will remain illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume, purchase, or possess marijuana, or to attempt to consume, purchase or possess any amount of marijuana.
  • It will remain illegal to distribute or sell marijuana, and/or to possess any amount of marijuana with the intent to distribute or sell it. This prohibition applies equally to businesses, which will not be permitted to sell, “gift,” or in any other way distribute marijuana. For more information on how to obtain a license to sell marijuana in the future, see Adult-Use Cannabis Commercial Sales.
  • Existing safety measures will remain in place, including prohibiting use of marijuana while driving a motor vehicle or while being a passenger in a motor vehicle being driven; possessing marijuana on school grounds, while operating a school bus, in a motor vehicle transporting passengers for hire, or in a commercial vehicle.
 


Monday, June 7, 2021 11:59 PM

Hampton's first Black police chief shares vision, strategy for division

Participants, including Congressman Bobby Scott and Del. Marcia Price, asked about Talbot's views on policing. “I believe in saving lives and I want to save as many lives as possible," he said. Talbot said he prioritizes community engagement and opposes "broken windows" policing, which focuses on low-level offenses to ward off serious crimes.  He argued police should not focus on arresting people for minor offenses without known danger.  Talbot is coming from Norristown, Pennsylvania, where the town says violent crime fell more than 50 percent in three years, and overall serious crimes fell 44 percent.  "My strategy will work and Hampton will be safer," he said.  When asked if he supports citizen review boards or the end to qualified immunity, Talbot did not oppose either.  “If that’s what the City of Hampton wants to do, it will not stop what we are doing as a police department,” he said.  Talbot offered his opinion on criminal justice reform, saying policing cannot be addressed without also tackling everyday issues that cause disparities.  “I want everyone who gets pulled over by police officers I want you to be to treated like the police chief," said Talbot. Talbot said he supports recommendations made in the 21st Century Task Force on policing, which included citizen review boards. Talbot starts July 6.


Sunday, May 16, 2021 1:13 PM

As GOP restricts voting, Democrats move to expand access

Last year, for the first time in more than a quarter-century, Democrats in Virginia took control of the statehouse and the governor’s mansion. Since then, one priority has become clear: expanding voting rights. Once home to the capital of the Confederacy, Virginia has made Election Day a state holiday, repealed a voter identification law and allowed no-excuse absentee voting. Earlier this year, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam approved a sweeping voting rights act, reinstating election rules once required by federal law to prevent racial discrimination.

"It was kind of surreal to know that we had the power to change something in 2021 that we had been working on for my entire lifetime,” said Del. Marcia Price, a Virginia Democrat who sponsored the Voting Rights Act of Virginia. “I think the contrast is becoming so clear of what democracy looks like and what impeding democracy looks like.”


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 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 8:15 PM

Del. Price speaks with Zerlina Maxwell

Del. Price spoke with Zerlina Maxwell about the Voting Rights Act of Virginia on The Choice.


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.


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