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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Tuesday, June 9, 2020 9:18 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, June 8, 2020 8:05 PM

Delegate Price's June 8, 2020 Newsletter

For Immediate Release - June 8, 2020

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

 

Statement on Temporary Moratorium on Evictions

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

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

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

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

 
As a member of the Housing/Consumer Protections Subcommittee, Delegate Price has been advocating for changes in the housing realm.  She is the sponsor of HB 340 which was for furloughed federal workers and was amended to include residents economically impacted by COVID-19. The law offers a 60-day stay for evictions proceedings for tenants up to 90 days after the end of a furlough or State of Emergency.  Click here to read the bill as passed on April 22, 2020. 
 
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Delegate Marcia "Cia" Price is serving in her third term in the Virginia House of Delegates and represents the 95th District which includes parts of Newport News and Hampton. She serves as Chair of the Behavioral Health Subcommittee on the Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee, and also serves on the Privileges and Elections Committee, General Laws Committee, and the Public Safety Committee.
 
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Monday, June 8, 2020 10:58 AM

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, May 18, 2020 9:28 AM

May 18, 2020 Newsletter from Del. Price

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

 


Monday, May 18, 2020 8:00 AM

Teens Advocate for inclusion in Stimulus Packages

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

 


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 6:20 PM

Black lawmakers ask Gov. Northam to delay reopening Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

 


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 3:15 PM

Del. Price participates in Chamber & CNU Legislative Update

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

 


Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:30 PM

Del. Price participates in 2020 Census Round Table

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

 


Tuesday, May 12, 2020 12:33 PM

May 12, 2020 Newsletter from Del. Price

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Friday, May 1, 2020 12:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

 


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 9:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, April 27, 2020 11:36 AM

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

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

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

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

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

(Click for full story)

 


Monday, April 27, 2020 11:32 AM

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

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

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

(Click for full story)


Sunday, April 26, 2020 11:41 AM

Editorial: Senators’ folly will put voters at risk

Is it any wonder, then, that the lawmakers unwilling to follow safety measures for the good of their colleagues and legislative staff would make decisions that put members of the general public at risk as well?

By declining to accept a recommendation by Gov. Ralph Northam to reschedule the May 5 municipal elections and the June 9 congressional primary, that’s precisely what the Senate did this week. The House, hours early, had approved the delay only to see their compatriots in the upper chamber turn their backs on safety and common sense.

Nobody relishes the prospect of upending the democratic process, even with the best of intentions. Voting should be sacred in our republic. Changes to the protocol or timing should be deliberately made, extensively and publicly debated, and imposed under the rarest of circumstances.

The coronavirus situation — namely the social distancing required to slow its spread — is such a circumstance.

Yet, when given the opportunity to do the same in Virginia — to step up and protect public health — the Senate balked. This even after knowing what happened in Wisconsin, hearing the governor’s recommendation and seeing the House vote to reschedule. That’s inexcusable.

While the bull-headed members of that body should be held to account for their folly, the primary focus now must be to conduct an election in a matter of days in the safest and most cautious manner possible. It will not be easy, even thought Northam used his power to push both elections back two weeks, to May 19 and June 23.

For voters wishing to participate in next month’s election, the best way to do so is via an absentee ballot, which can be requested through the Virginia Department of Elections website (elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting).

(Click for full Editorial)


Thursday, April 23, 2020 11:30 AM

Northam, lawmakers consider next steps after Senate rejects his call to postpone May local elections

The House ultimately backed the measure with some Democrats arguing that the delay is the only viable option to conduct the elections safely.

“Let’s not emulate those places where poll workers and citizens have contracted COVID-19,” said Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax. “There is a poll worker in Illinois who died of the virus; several people sick in Wisconsin. There is too much at stake.”

Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, said that having voters cast ballots in person in the middle of the pandemic would go against the social distancing measures elected officials are promoting.

“Talk about mixed messages, much like we are showing today,” Price said. She was referring to a failed vote in the House on Wednesday on a proposal to convene the chamber virtually, so that lawmakers could return to their homes to cast votes in the veto session.

(Click for full story)


Thursday, April 23, 2020 11:22 AM

Even After Historic Housing Legislation, Evictions Likely to Soar

One of the two bills, sponsored by Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), gives renters a 60-day grace period to catch up on their missed rent before having to face eviction proceedings. Homeowners and landlords get 30 days before they’re faced with foreclosure proceedings. An important deadline to note is that qualifying Virginians have up-to 90 days following the emergency period to request such a delay from the courts.

“It's overwhelming, I think, the amount of things that will need to be done in order to help keep people in their homes,” Price said. “But I also want to reiterate that if we had been doing better prior to the pandemic, we would not be in such a dire need of extreme changes to our policies.”

(Click for full story)


Thursday, April 23, 2020 11:00 AM

Virginia Ends Prison Gerrymandering, The Latest Chapter in a Recent Tidal Wave

Virginia is the latest state to end prison gerrymandering, which is the practice of counting incarcerated people where they are detained rather than at their last known residence for purposes of redistricting. Virginia adds to a tidal wave of state action against prison gerrymandering that seemed unthinkable just a year ago.

When they next draw their legislative maps, and in most cases their congressional and local maps as well, these states will count people where they last lived. 

“When we’re talking about the voting bloc and voting power, African American votes get watered down when people who cannot vote are included in the vote totals,” Democratic Delegate Marcia Price told the Virginia Mercury in February. Virginians in prison over a felony conviction are indeed barred from voting, on top of getting counted in a way that amplifies the representation of areas they are not from.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020 11:27 AM

Virginia lawmakers will gather this week — at a distance

When state lawmakers reconvene in Richmond on Wednesday, they won’t be at their assigned desks under the dome of the Capitol, literally close enough to rub elbows with their seatmates.

Instead, they’ll be casting votes on amendments proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam while sitting at least six feet apart, with one chamber spread out on the capitol’s grassy lawn, and the other three miles away at the Virginia Science Museum.

And while maintaining their distance from one another, lawmakers will vote on measures to help pay for the virus that caused them to take these unprecedented measures.

At least one lawmaker, Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, has said she’ll self quarantine for 14 days after the session ends. (Click for full story)


Sunday, April 12, 2020 11:38 AM

Northam enacts new VA worker laws, proposal for minimum wage increase pushed back to May 2021 due to effects of COVID-19

Virginia workers will see changes from newly-enacted laws by Governor Northam. Moves against worker misclassification and wage theft, workplace discrimination and non-compete covenants for low-wage workers were all made.

-House Bill 336 and Senate Bill 49, sponsored by Delegate Marcia Price and Senator Lionell Spruill, respectively, give the Department of Labor and Industry expanded authority in investigating wage theft complaints.

-House Bill 337 and Senate Bill 48, sponsored by Delegate Marcia Price and Senator Lionell Spruill, respectively, protect employees who report wage theft or institute proceedings against their employer from retaliation.

(Click for full story)


Friday, April 3, 2020 11:36 AM

Democrats' call for vote-by-mail grows; ACLU warns against closing polls

Price said she would support legislative changes that would lead to an election with virtually no contact between voters and election workers for the May elections and June primaries, and permanent voter reforms to make voting easier.

“As COVID-19 is really exposing a lot of ways we need to make progress within society, it’s a really good move to help election officials and citizens stay healthy,” she said. “I think the vote by mail program is a great no-contact way.”

(Click for full story)


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:56 PM

Today is Census Day!

Today is Census Day!  The 2020 Census is very important for the 95th District.  I encourage you to complete yours today!  You can complete it online, by phone, or by mail. We can't afford to go undercounted, so please make sure your loved ones have all be counted. 

For every person that chooses not to fill out the Census, they leave an estimated $2,000 on the table per year, for 10 years.  That's right, PER PERSON!  So YOU can take 15 minutes of your day and it's like giving your community $20,000! 

YOU can make a BIG difference with 15 minutes.  

To find out more info, go to https://delegatemarciaprice.com/2020-census-info

Click this article for more information and more shareable graphics!

 

 


Monday, March 30, 2020 11:44 AM

Tweeting During the Time of Coronavirus: Which Legislators Are Tweeting the Most and Least These Days?

  • In contrast, most Virginia Senate Democrats – you know, the folks who actually believe in government – are tweeting, particularly Sen. Scott Surovell (91 tweets), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (70 tweets) and Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (33 tweets). And Virginia House Democrats have been *very* active on Twitter, particularly folks like Del. Cia Price (100+ tweets), Del. Danica Roem (100+ tweets), Del. Lee Carter (100+ tweets),  Del. Marcus Simon (looks like at least 70 tweets plus *many* more retweets), Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (50 tweets), Del. Mark Levine (looks like at least 30 tweets plus at least that many retweets), etc.
  • Does any of this matter? I’d argue that it does, actually. As a top Virginia Democrat I respect greatly said to me yesterday, it’s crucial in times like this for political leaders to “communicate, communicate, communicate” – specifically, with accurate and timely information, empathy, etc., during these difficult times. And social media is one place to do that communicating, including via Twitter, Zoom chats, Facebook Live chats, Facebook posts, etc. Also, I mean, if you’re an elected official and you do *not* have anything to say during times like this, honestly, what the heck are you doing?

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Friday, March 27, 2020 5:39 AM

Del. Price holds COVID19 Update!

On March 24, 2020, Delegate Price hosted a COVID19/Coronavirus update using Zoom for her constituents.  She was joined by special guests Dr. Steve Julian (Peninsula Health District), Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-3), Mayor McKinley Price (Newport News), Karen Joyner (VA Peninsula Foodbank), Dr. Leslie Sale & Emily Webb (VDOE), Tram Nguyen (New Virginia Majority), Sanu Dieng (Transition Family Violence Services), and Kapoua Conley & Dr. Anthony Fisher (Sentara Careplex Hospital).  You can view the video from the presentation here:

 

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.delegatemarciaprice.com/info-on-coronavirus


Friday, March 20, 2020 11:48 AM

Virginia’s legislature is breaking down barriers to voting

Too many Virginians continue to find themselves struggling. They struggle to secure affordable housing, to access health care and to send their children to good schools. These obstacles are solvable, but only if we can vote in people who will address these issues meaningfully.

 

The path toward racial, economic and gender equality requires equal access to the voting booth. Without it, the efforts of people and community organizations can never effect lasting change. “Access to voting is foundational to our democracy, and this session we have increased access for generations to come in Virginia,” said Del. Marcia “Cia” Price (D-Newport News). “Real progress involves the voting booth, and a true democracy does not exclude any citizens from participating.”

(Click for full op-ed)


Monday, March 16, 2020 1:16 PM

Online Office Hours & Updates

Due to the issues we are experiencing with COVID19, my team and I will not be attending public events or having face-to-face meetings.  We are still working, just in a different way. Contact our office today to request:

  • Constituent Services
  • Online Office Hours (Zoom, FB video chat, or by phone)
  • Online Legislative Updates
  • Online Workshops on Civics
  • Online Meetings about COVID19

We look forward to connect with you soon.

 

 


Sunday, March 8, 2020 11:54 AM

Va. General Assembly takes flurry of historic legislation down to wire

Soon after, national women’s rights groups celebrated Virginia becoming the 38th state to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. Lawmakers went on to extend new LGBT protections, remove restrictions on access to early-term abortions and make it easier to vote — including making Election Day a holiday and canceling a holiday honoring Confederate generals.

 

The undoing of so many Republican priorities led some conservatives to advocate giving blue parts of Northern Virginia back to the District of Columbia or ceding red counties to West Virginia.

Democrats defended their agenda as carrying out a mandate from last fall’s elections, which gave the party majorities of 55 to 45 in the House and 21 to 19 in the Senate.

“I’m very proud of the work that the House has done in delivering on the promises that we made,” Del. Marcia S. “Cia” Price (D-Newport News) said. Even more than specific bills, Price said she was proud of “the philosophy of putting people first that we took to the legislative process.”

(click for full article)


Friday, March 6, 2020 3:18 PM

Divided Democrats in Virginia House pass proposed amendment for redistricting commission

Friday's contentious 54-to-46 vote came over the objections of several members of the Black Caucus who favored an alternate route for redistricting that they said would better protect the interests of minorities. The debate, which has raged behind the scenes for the past several weeks, aired deep divisions among Democrats.

Supporting the amendment amounted to “the devaluation of the black voices in this chamber,” Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), who is African American, warned on Thursday.

 

“Our 400-year history is replete with our voices being silenced,” Del. Jeffrey M. Bourne (D-Richmond) said Friday, referring to the 1619 landing of the first Africans in bondage in the English colonies.

An alternative, sponsored by Del. Marcia S. “Cia” Price (D-Newport News) would have set up the same kind of commission but included language from the federal Voting Rights Act and a different system for resolving stalemates. That route would have been under statute, instead of through the constitution, because there is no time to start another amendment process before next year’s redistricting.

The House approved Price’s bill but had put off acting on the amendment, unable to resolve disagreements within the Democratic caucus.

Speaking during debate on Thursday, Price slammed colleagues who she said had come to her with whispers to say they opposed the amendment but were afraid to act because they’d look like they were wavering on their commitment to end gerrymandering.

Blaming “threats” and “flat-out lies,” Price asked: “Who are we if we bend to that and not to fairness and justice?”

 

Video from Thursday's Speech, a day before the Vote.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020 5:25 PM

Lawmakers Act to Correct Racial Disparity in Maternal Mortality Rates

“You can be easily labeled noncompliant for something just simply because you're trying to get information,” Spencer said. “My moms who really heavily advocate for themselves are immediately placed on this list where, you know, it is either non compliant with care or they don't care about what's going on with them.”

Lawmakers, like Del. Cia Price (D- Newport News), know these disparities are real. When introducing a resolution to make July Maternal Health Awareness Month, she pointed to a University of Virginia study that found racial bias played a role in the treatment of Black patients. 

“Physicians that were practicing in 2016 believe that African Americans experienced pain in different ways than their white counterparts which is scientifically proven to not be [true],” Price recently told a House Rules committee. 

Some lawmakers like Del. Barry Knight (R- Virginia Beach) wanted to remove a line in Price’s resolution stating that the root cause of these racial disparities is structural racism.

“Sometimes it looks to me like you’re trying to stick a knife in there, and twist it a little bit,” Knight said. “We’re talking about ladies that are having babies from this point moving forward.”

That struck a nerve with Price and Del. Charniele Herring (D - Alexandria) who shot back at Knight.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020 12:00 PM

Gov. Northam signs 68 bills, including ban on conversion therapy, into law

COMMUNITY WORK DURING INCARCERATION

House Bill 277, sponsored by Delegate Marcia Price, advances criminal justice reform by allowing currently incarcerated individuals to earn credit toward paying off fines and costs through community work.

Under current law, that credit was only allowed for community work done before or after incarceration.

“It’s already hard enough for our justice-involved population to reintegrate into society,” said Governor Northam. “If we can help them reduce debts they owe our courts that is one less burden they face as they work to rebuild their lives. I am pleased to sign this bill.”

(Click for full article)


Monday, March 2, 2020 3:09 PM

Say goodbye to the bowl — General Assembly says tied recounts will require a special election

There’s one word that comes to mind when Del. Cia Price thinks about the 2017 election in which the 94th District winner was determined by pulling a name from a bowl: disenfranchised.

“Young, old, black, white, Republicans, Democrats, they were coming up to me in stores while I was holiday shopping and saying, ‘This isn’t right,’’’ Price, a Democrat, said in early February when presenting her bill to a House subcommittee meeting.

Price, a Democrat who represents the adjacent 95th District in Newport News, wants to change the law so that if a recount ends in a tie, a special election is held. She said she first submitted House Bill 198 two years ago, before anyone knew whose name would be picked from the bowl.

Her bill died in subcommittees in 2018 and 2019, but this year — with Democrats newly in power — it’s on its way to the desk of Gov. Ralph Northam, who has not yet said whether he will sign it into law.


Thursday, February 27, 2020 2:40 PM

The Journey of HB 340

If you ever wonder how we come up with the bills we carry or how we work together to get bills passed, take a look below to see how Sen. Jeremy McPike and I worked to help federal employees living in the Commonwealth and watch how the bill went from subcommittee to passage.

 

 


Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:04 PM

Shad Plank: An overload at the Senate Finance Committee

That bill, sponsored by Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, proposed creating a independent redistricting commission to draw new Congressional and General Assembly districts after the 2020 Census. Price is among those Democrats who don’t like the amendment, worrying it doesn’t do enough to ensure minorities are represented.

The issue, at least according to Privileges and Elections staff, is that parts of Price’s bill are in conflict with the constitutional amendment on redistricting that has won its second, required vote in the Senate but not in the House of Delegates.

 
 

But there wasn’t enough time at the committee’s meeting — its last of the session — to draft the complicated changes that might erase the conflict, and that would allow the Senate and House to move their apparently conflicting views on the constitutional amendment and redistricting into a conference committee, in the hopes that some sort of agreement could be worked out.

Privileges and Elections committee chairman Creigh Deeds, D-Warm Springs, and committee member Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, said referring the bill to the Finance Committee would give staff time to come up with changes to Price’s bill that would keep a pathway open for a conference committee.

 

That’s what sparked Howell’s reminder, reiterated at the start of the Finance Committee’s Wednesday meeting, about policy.

Privileges and Elections went ahead and referred Price’s bill.

 


Monday, February 24, 2020 6:03 PM

Why Some Black Lawmakers Oppose The Redistricting Amendment

“This is not about party for me this is about people,” says Delegate Cia Price.

Price has introduced a legislative alternative that she says fixes those concerns. She’s advocating passage of her legislation as a temporary fix, while giving lawmakers more time to get the amendment right. 

“When we are talking about changing the Constitution in the year 2020, if that does not fully include and protect minorities and communities of color that is not worthy of going into our Virginia Constitution,” says Price. 

Del. Marcia 'Cia' Price, D-Newport News, looks at the vote tally board during the House session at the Capitol.
CREDIT STEVE HELBER / AP


Sunday, February 23, 2020 9:52 PM

Proposed change in how prisoners are counted for redistricting may cost Southwest Virginia political power

Critics describe the current way prisoners are counted as “prison gerrymandering,” and they say it inflates the electoral weight of voters in districts where these facilities are, which often is in rural areas with more white voters.

“I don’t represent an area where a lot of these facilities are, but many of those incarcerated did live in my district but are incarcerated somewhere else,” said Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, the patron of a redistricting bill that would implement this new system. “I’ll get calls about injustices involving people in those facilities, and it was weighing on my heart.”

“We have the opportunity to end racial, political and prison gerrymandering,” Price said. “We can bring about some of the most fairly drawn maps we’ve ever seen.”

(Click for full article)

 


Friday, February 21, 2020 5:14 PM

The poll tax kept black Virginians from voting. Half a century later, it’s finally being stripped from the books.

(In 1963, Evelyn Butts sued the governor of Virginia to overturn the poll tax on the grounds that it violated the 14th Amendment. The U.S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 to eliminate the poll tax in March 1966. (Courtesy of Charlene Butts Ligon)

Del. Cia Price, a black Democrat from Newport News who was first elected in {2015}, is sponsoring the House version of the bill repealing the poll tax and other racist language related to voting. The legislation has passed both the House and Senate.

“Some of these things were happening when (General Assembly) members were alive,” Price said, referring to the Acts of 1950, which said you were only qualified to vote if you’d paid your poll tax.

Price, whose family tree contains several elected officials — including her father, Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, and her uncle, U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott — said she’s all too familiar with inequities in voting.

“The moment that I raised my hand to take my oath...I’m not a crier, but it was so intense because I knew that not only was I sitting in chairs where these previous decisions had been made, I knew that I would have the power coming in to this to raise those kinds of conversations, to make sure we were actively undoing the injustice that was done before,” she said.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020 10:03 PM

Va. House Democrats won’t bring their redistricting reform amendment to the floor

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Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, pushed a bill through the House that would create a non-binding, advisory commission to draw maps in 2021, an alternative approach that she says would give the legislature time to ensure stronger racial protections are built into language put in the Constitution. That legislation was delayed this week in a Senate committee.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that Filler-Corn and other House Democrats prefer Price’s approach.

In a statement circulated by Filler-Corn’s spokesman, Del. Lamont Bagby, D-Henrico, seemed to endorse Price’s proposal, saying it “provides necessary protections for communities of color who have been historically disenfranchised in the Commonwealth.”

“Amending the Constitution of Virginia requires a rigorous process over multiple legislative sessions and demands the utmost prudence and responsibility,” Bagby said. “We will not rush this process. We will take all the time available to us during the remainder of the legislative session to ensure the best outcome for all Virginians.”

Rubenstein said Filler-Corn is actively encouraging the Senate to back Price’s proposal.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020 9:59 PM

Virginia House will not take up its redistricting amendment; Senate's version still alive

Filler-Corn communicated the decision through Del. Lamont Bagby, the chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, whose members widely favor of the alternative Filler-Corn backs, a bill introduced by Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News.

Price’s bill, House Bill 1256, calls for a similar redistricting process as the amendment, but would not amend the constitution to permanently remove map-drawing powers from the legislature.

Price’s bill, Bagby said Wednesday, offers “necessary” protection for communities of color.

“Amending the Constitution of Virginia requires a rigorous process over multiple legislative sessions and demands the utmost prudence and responsibility,” Bagby said. “We will not rush this process.”


Wednesday, February 19, 2020 9:47 AM

Video: Del. Cia Price (D)’s Redistricting Reform Legislation Discussed, “Passed by Temporarily” in Senate Privileges & Elections Committee

Thankfully, there’s an alternative – HB1256 by Del. Cia Price – which would accomplish redistricting reform by way of legislation, not a flawed constitutional amendment. So far, Price’s bill has passed the House of Delegates, 54-45, and is now in the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee. See below for video from yesterday, as Del. Price presents her bill, which is ultimately “passed by temporarily” for more discussions. Key points:

  • Committee Chair Creigh Deeds (D) says, “The reason I wanted to put it on the docket today was to make sure we have…some reform, because I still don’t know what the House is going to do with the constitutional amendment, I want to make sure that we get something passed.”
  • Del. Price explains the differences between her bill and the amendment, mostly revolving around: *mandating* – not just *considering* – racial/geographic/gender/etc. diversity on the redistricting commission; having seven public hearings and “a level of transparency where the public meetings have to be recorded [and]…put online”; could start July 1, as opposed to the amendment, which would have to pass a November referendum; “requir[ing] a bipartisan supermajority of 12 people voting for a map before it got to the General Assembly, addressing some of the concerns about a bad-acting minority – two people stalling the process and sending it straight to the courts.”
  • After Sen. John Bell (D) proposed “passing by” HB1256 for the week, Del. Price responded, “If I were a Senator, I would not want to do that, but as a Delegate, I’m happy to comply with that.” Sen. Deeds said his “concern” is that the constitutional amendment is still in the House, and he wants it to get “good consideration.” The bill was then passed by temporarily.


Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:00 AM

Ahead of 2021 redistricting, Va. Democrats move to end ‘prison gerrymandering’

Supporters of the change say it creates a more precise count. Reducing inflated numbers in rural areas where most correctional facilities are located and shifting them to urban communities where many inmates are from, they say, addresses one aspect of mass incarceration’s impact on the democratic process.

“When we’re talking about the voting bloc and voting power, African American votes get watered down when people who cannot vote are included in the vote totals,” said Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, who has helped bring the issue to the legislature’s attention. “It’s not an accurate depiction of the demographics.”

The prison-adjusted population numbers would be used in General Assembly, congressional and local government redistricting, but would not be used for the purposes of allocating state or federal aid.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020 3:34 PM

In five weeks, Virginia Democrats reshape decades of state policy

“People who may have voted for Democrats because they’re angry at Donald Trump for whatever reason are going to have a rude awakening about just how far and how fast this Democrat agenda is proceeding,” Gilbert said.

Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, said it’s been interesting to see the different reactions to the bills Democrats are passing.

“There’s excitement about making things more equitable,” Price said. “But then there’s a population that feels punished with equity. And that can really speak to the underlying privilege that has been in the code for so long.”


Friday, February 7, 2020 12:38 PM

National popular vote bill passes Virginia House committee

"We are grateful to our sponsors in the Virginia General Assembly, and to citizens across the state who are making it clear that they prefer a national popular vote for president,” said John Koza, chairman of National Popular Vote. “Regardless of party, the people of Virginia prefer a system where every voter, in every state, is politically relevant in every presidential election. National Popular Vote delivers on that promise.”

Dels. Marcia “Cia” Price and Mark Levine are chief co-patrons of the measure in the Virginia House.

Since the National Popular Vote movement began in 2006, fifteen states and the District of Columbia – altogether totaling 196 electoral votes – have passed the National Popular Vote bill. Virginia’s 13 electoral votes would bring that total to 209 – just 64 electoral votes short of the total necessary for the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact to take effect.

“We are determined to achieve 270 or more electoral votes,” Koza said. “We will be dogged in our approach to attract Republicans, Democrats, and Independents who believe there is a better way to elect the President of the United States.”


Thursday, February 6, 2020 3:30 PM

Virginia Democrats put off decision on approach to redistricting

Del. Marcia S. “Cia” Price (seated) with other Democrats on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates as the General Assembly prepared to convene on Jan. 8. (Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

(Excerpts from article)

But Del. Marcia S. “Cia” Price (D-Newport News), who is sponsoring the proposal to scrap the amendment, said the original plan is fatally flawed because it includes no language about minority representation.

“We are the most diverse General Assembly that we’ve ever been; we are the most diverse state that we’ve ever been,” Price said. “Why would we not want to make sure that that is a part of the constitution?”

At the same time, the subcommittee also advanced Price’s bill on a 5-3 party-line vote. Price would bypass the amendment but set up the same type of commission, with instructions about minority representation written directly into its charter.

The problem with enacting the Republican amendment, Price said, is that future legislatures could completely rewrite the rules that govern it. It would be better to come back next year with a fully realized amendment, she said, and set up a commission under the statute in the meantime.


Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:47 PM

With a big decision coming on redistricting reform, House Democrats fine-tune their options

Price’s bill originally called for an independent, citizen-only commission, barring legislators from serving on the redistricting panel.

“I was told that I did not have the votes for that,” Price said.

A newly amended version of Price’s bill calls for a 16-person commission made up of eight legislative members and eight citizen members.

Price contends that because the constitutional amendment lacks explicit protections for communities of color, Democrats should take time to fix it, even if means restarting the two-year clock for changing the Constitution. She has disputed the notion that her approach is about protecting Democrats’ power to gerrymander, noting she spoke out against the amendment last year even as many of her colleagues voted for it.

“My concerns from 2019 have not been assuaged with the new composition of the General Assembly,” Price said during Thursday’s hearing. “Because my concerns are not about party, but about people.”

(Click for full article)


Friday, January 31, 2020 7:00 PM

If another government shutdown happens, VA federal workers may have legal protection from evictions

According to the bill, provisions take effect 14 days into a shutdown.
"These federal workers are doing their job, showing up to work every day, and if something were to happen outside of their control, because politics gets involved...they're stuck in the middle," Delegate Price said. "And, these are real humans that are just trying to navigate life...and if they're thrown into a situation where they can't even take care of where they live...then I think it was upon us to step in and make sure they had these protections."
A 2019 study by Prudential showed that nearly half of the 350 federal workers who responded to a survey about the shutdown said they missed a bill payment during the shutdown. In total, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported last year that about 800,000 federal employees had been furloughed or working without pay.
According to OPM, Virginia, Maryland and D.C. comprise nearly a quarter of all federal workers in the country.


Friday, January 31, 2020 6:31 PM

Next steps in Virginia gun debate


Friday, January 31, 2020 6:00 PM

New bill aims to prevent youth and gang violence

The money would be used to perform community assessments in each locality. The goal is to figure out how each individual community should tackle the problem. 95th District Delegate Marcia Price introduced the bill. She represents parts of Hampton and Newport News. “Unfortunately, too many young people are choosing to spend their time affiliated with groups that are not good for them and don't have their best interest at heart, and so what these do is help make sure that the community is recruiting harder for the good activities and the successful trajectory harder than the gang recruiters are,” said Price. Price said she hopes urban areas will come together and show the youth they have support. Helping them stay away from weapons, finding jobs, and living better lives. Price said the assessments are a key first step in identifying how each community should address the problem. “One of the components of these community assessments is that they are truly community-based, and I know a lot of people do program evaluations but really at the center of these conversations should be the community that’s going to be impacted, it should be the youth to find out what they really want not just us making decisions for them, so it is proactively looking for input from these communities,” said Price. (Click for full article and video)


Thursday, January 30, 2020 3:00 PM

Del. Cia Price’s Locality Gun Regulation Bill, Del. Rip Sullivan’s “Red Flag” Bill, Other Gun... Bills Pass Virginia House...


Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:00 AM

Gun control measures move forward in House, Senate

The gun measures passed over the vociferous opposition of the Republican minority in the House, which argued the bills violate the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.

House Bill 421, introduced by Del. Marcia Price of Newport News, grants localities the authority to adopt and enforce their own ordinances pertaining to the possession, storage and transportation of firearms. The bill also repeals existing state law that bars local or state government entities from bringing lawsuits against firearms manufacturers.

It passed on a 53-46 vote, mostly along party lines, and set the tone as House members engrossed other bills for final passage at a later date.


Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:00 AM

OpEd by Golden Bethune Hill: With redistricting reform, we can be stewards of our own communities

Much like I did when I founded my clinic, Virginia House Delegate Marcia Price has stepped up and addressed a critical issue facing our community. She saw how a closed-door, exclusionary redistricting process set our home on a path of ever-increasing inequality. She knows what sort of damage has been done, and now she’s leading from the front with her latest proposal for an independent redistricting process in 2021.
A born-and-raised resident of Newport News, Delegate Price put forward a bill that could bring Virginia closer to true equality among its residents. She crafted a bill that demands transparency, looks out of communities of color and protects against one party obstructing progress. I believe this to be the best opportunity to transform Virginia from one of the worst gerrymandered states in the country to a place where residents from all walks of life have a seat at the table.
I am especially encouraged by the reform’s commitment to ensuring increased transparency through the whole redistricting process. Too often, communities like my own are excluded from important decisions that enormously affect their livelihoods. It’s hard to blame some of my discouraged neighbors who feel that their vote doesn’t actually matter. They’ve felt cheated by the politicians who systematically reduced their voting power through gerrymandering.
Some of the country’s most manipulated maps, like those found in Virginia, are borne out of a process that intentionally excludes communities of color and offers no opportunity for public input. With her proposal, Delegate Price intends to shed light on redistricting and ensure that people of color have ample time to actively participate in hearings. With a more diverse group of people comes a more diverse set of views and opinions. And if we turn Delegate Price’s bill into law, we’ll set the stage for a process that’s built to actually listen to all Virginians.
We also need reform that prevents members of one party, no matter if they are Democrats or Republicans, to obstruct progress and prevent the redistricting process from moving forward. Delegate Price’s reform should serve as a reminder to politicians that their job is not to serve themselves and increase their own party’s influence, but to work on behalf of their constituents. This is how government should actually function — setting aside differences in order to find a compromise that will benefit the people.
I want to commend Delegate Price for her leadership and for working to better her own hometown. She called out gerrymandering as blatant cheating and worked to create a plan that could help repair our broken political system. She’s done watching lawmakers siphon political influence from voters only to fuel their own political aspirations. Virginians deserve a real voice, and her plan for independent redistricting reform is our best opportunity to return power to the people.
Golden Bethune-Hill is a registered nurse and a founder of The Free Clinic in Newport News, where she is the volunteer executive director. She was the lead plaintiff in the 2017 Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections case.

(Click for full article)


Wednesday, January 29, 2020 10:24 AM

Va. subcommittee advances bill allowing voters to choose multiple candidates

Hudson said diverse groups of people want to run for office, but that can sometimes lead to overcrowding in elections and a winning candidate who does not have much support, but who was able to eke out a win. She thinks this bill is the answer to that problem.
“It makes sure that we can have a leader who represents a broad swath of the community, no matter how many candidates run,” Hudson said.
Ranked-choice voting is not new; at least 20 cities in the United States have adopted it. In 2018, Maine began using it for federal elections. Del. Patrick Hope, D-Arlington, is the chief co-patron for the bill.
“We have found that in other places where this is practiced, it leads to more positive campaigns,” Hope said. “It means that candidates are working, so if they can't be a voters’ first choice, they can be their second choice, and not the negative campaigning that we've seen lately.”

“I think any way that we can run elections that provide more information, more access to voters in manners that get them more engaged, the better off our our democratic process is,” he said.

HB 1103 reported out of subcommittee, 4-3. Delegates voting yes include: Kelly Convirs-Fowler, D-Virginia Beach; Mark Levine, D-Alexandria; Marcia Price, D-Newport News and Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax.
Delegates voting no include: Dawn M. Adams, D- Richmond; Les Adams, R-Pittsylvania and Chris Runion, R-Augusta.
The bill will now move to the House Committee on Privileges and Elections, which meets Friday.


Tuesday, January 28, 2020 12:42 PM

If there’s a shutdown, federal workers in Virginia could get an extension on rent or mortgage

This year, one lawmaker whose House district includes hundreds of government employees wants to make that idea permanent, giving qualifying renters and homeowners the same extension any time there’s a shutdown that lasts at least 14 days.
“We hope that it doesn’t happen, but just in case in does,” said Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, whose bill would give anyone who’s taken to court for unpaid rent an extra 60 days to pay.
It would also give homeowners who are federal employees themselves — or rent out their properties to tenants who are — an additional 30 days to pay their mortgages.
One national survey of about 350 federal workers found that during last year’s government shutdown — when about 800,000 people went without paychecks — nearly half of respondents said they missed a bill payment, and 27% said they missed a mortgage or rent payment.
Another survey found that 16% of the 500 federal workers who were contacted said they’d missed a mortgage or rent payment during the shutdown.


Saturday, January 25, 2020 5:17 PM

Body of fallen Newport News police officer escorted to funeral home

Officers, law enforcement officials, Navy members, and other mourners lined the driveway of the medical examiner's office as the procession began. The route included part of Interstate 664 North. The procession paused briefly at Newport News Police Department's South Precinct, located at 3303 Jefferson Avenue, where Thyne was assigned. "Officer Katie was one of the many that are getting it right," said Newport News Delegate Marcia Price. Supporters lined the streets out front of the South Precinct. Delegate Price said the amount of people who showed up to stand with the Newport News Police Department speaks volumes. "We have no idea what the loss is to them, but we definitely stand with them in that and her family," Delegate Price said. Captain Jason Bollhorst only worked with Officer Thyne for a short time, but said her talent was evident. "Just seeing her work product at my level, my nickname for her was the 'pit bull'," Captain Bollhorst said. "She was out their getting into things and just a great proactive officer." He said the loss cuts even deeper because the last end of watch call in Newport News was 26 years ago.


Friday, January 24, 2020 1:00 PM

Photos: Friday, Jan. 24 at the Virginia General Assembly

Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, right, confers with Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, left, as a number of gun-related bills were being presented to the House Public Safety committee meeting inside the Pocahontas Building in Richmond, VA Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Her bill, HB421, dealing with firearms and ammunition possession being regulated by localities passed 12-9 on a party-line vote. Photo by Bob Brown

 

 

 

Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, listened to a number of gun bills being presented to the House Public Safety committee meeting inside the Pocahontas Building in Richmond, VA Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Her bill, HB421, dealing with firearms and ammunition possession being regulated by localities passed 12-9 on a party-line vote. Photo by Bob Brown


Thursday, January 23, 2020 12:00 AM

The Effort to Remove Virginia's Outdated Laws

Some of Virginia’s outdated laws are from the bad old days of Jim Crow, like the one that allows domestic servants to be paid less than the minimum wage.
Delegate Cia Price has a bill that would overturn that exemption.
“Domestic workers have hard jobs as home healthcare workers, nannies, house cleaners and cooks," Price explains. "And their work really allows for other people to do their work. So it’s foundational to our economy really being able to run, and they should be fairly compensated.”
Price’s bill is a follow up to an effort last year that overturned Jim Crow era exemptions to the minimum wage for shoeshine boys, ushers and doormen.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:00 AM

Husband of Virginia Beach mass shooting victim to lawmakers: “Let’s compromise. Let’s work together.”

Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, suggested a compromise on another bill that would allow localities to regulate guns in government buildings, public parks and during publicly permitted events like farmers’ markets. A version of that bill that passed in the Senate gives localities the option to provide security measures, like metal detectors or police officers, if they choose to ban guns.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:00 AM

One day after the big gun rally, House Democrats wipe out GOP firearm bills

The subcommittee voted 6-2 to table the bills as Democrats were joined by first-term Del. Carrie Coyner, R-Chesterfield. But several lawmakers said they’d continue to work on a possible solution as the session progresses, possibly by amending a separate bill giving local governments power to restrict firearms in public buildings.
“We’re open to having that conversation as a compromise,” said Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News.
Coyner said that, as a former county supervisor, she couldn’t agree with the exact text of the bills. But she voiced support for the concept generally, saying the risk of lawsuits can be a powerful motivator for local governments to act.
Another bill requiring local governments to allow employees to bring concealed handguns to work, as long as they have a permit, failed 5-3.


Monday, January 20, 2020 6:28 PM

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank hosts 4th annual MLK Day of Service food drive

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service food drive saw no shortage of donations and volunteers, from people in the community and Hampton University students to local and state leaders like Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, Delegate Marcia Price and Newport News Sheriff Gabe Morgan.
“There are people in need and this day brings us together,” Price said.
“The fact that so many groups come together is emblematic of King's dream,” Morgan said.


Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:00 AM

Virginia House subcommittee reports several criminal justice bills to full committee

One of the house bills considered, H.B. 965, was incorporated into another bill under consideration, H.B. 277, via a voice vote.
This bill, patroned by Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, would expand community service options as a means of working off court fines and costs. Current law only permits a person to work off these costs before or after incarceration. This legislation would allow a person to work off those costs with community service while they are in jail.
Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, who had sponsored H.B. 965, said that the incorporated bill “not only helps the offender, but also helps the community.”


Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:04 PM

Redistricting Press Conference

Del. Price held a press conference on January 14, 2020 to discuss HB 1256 to establish a Virginia Independent Redistricting Commission which would include explicit language to ensure diversity on the commission, protect communities of color, and prioritize public input and transparency.  She argued that true redistricting reform must include communities of color fully and equally.  See video from the press conference below.

 


Wednesday, January 15, 2020 12:00 AM

Virginia’s Redistricting Debate Once Again Hinges on Race

At a press conference on Tuesday, Del. Marcia Price (D-Newport News) laid out a proposal for a citizen redistricting committee that would draw new Congressional and legislative districts every ten years. She said it would prioritize including communities of color throughout the redistricting process.
“I would like to end racial and political gerrymandering and get to fair community-based maps,” Price said. 

(Click for full article)


Tuesday, January 14, 2020 12:00 AM

Redistricting Reform May Divide Virginia's New Democratic Majority

Delegate Cia Price of Newport News says she and other Democrats raised concerns about the amendment last year.
“We wanted to make sure that the diversity of the commission was in the language," Price explains. "We wanted to make sure that the drawing process of the maps that would protect communities of color and communities of interest are in the amendment.”
That’s why she’s introducing her own bill that would create a bipartisan commission she says would have all those protections.


Sunday, January 12, 2020 12:00 AM

146 people sought help from Virginia’s new student loan advocate last year. Their average debt: almost $72,000

When the new student loan ombudsman, a former career counselor named Scott Kemp, spoke to The Virginian-Pilot in early January, the number of borrowers he’d worked with was up to more than 160.

Kemp’s position was created through a bill that passed in 2018, introduced by Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, and Sen. Janet Howell, D-Fairfax. Student loan debt is an issue Price has been trying to tackle since she was first elected to the 95th District in 2017.

The same year her ombudsman bill passed, she tried to create a 10-member student loan authority that would help students who went to Virginia colleges refinance. The bill was killed on a party-line vote in a subcommittee meeting.
This year, she’s supporting a bill by Del. Marcus Simon, D-Falls Church, that creates a “borrower’s bill of rights” with a list of consumer protections that holds lenders accountable, Simon said. It would require lenders to be licensed in Virginia


Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:12 PM

Local lawmakers lay out priorities for Virginia General Assembly session


Tuesday, January 7, 2020 2:18 PM

Shad Plank: In the flood of new General Assembly bills, prescription drug cost regulation and more protection for incapacitated adults

Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, is proposing (HB 423) a new Gun Violence Survivor Assistance Fund and Grant Program, to provide financial assistance to victims of gun violence who need to update their homes to deal with a gun-caused disability. She’s also proposing a 30-day stay of eviction and foreclosure proceedings for Virginians caught short by a federal government furlough. (HB 340). (click for full article)


Wednesday, September 11, 2019 12:00 AM

Episcopal Seminary in Virginia Starts Slavery Reparations Fund

Delegate Cia Price of Hampton Roads says lawmakers in Richmond should also be thinking about reparations, even if money isn’t involved. “Whether it’s in the code, whether it’s in funding models for education, whether it’s obstacles to the ballot box, there are reparations we can do through policy changes that we need to do immediately.”


Thursday, September 5, 2019 1:47 PM

Update #2: Hurricane Prep, Forecast, Closings, & More!

95th District Updated Forecast, Closings, and Resources for #Hampton and #NewportNews in preparation for #HurricaneDorian
See our latest email update - which includes a CAUTION for Zone A!


Wednesday, September 4, 2019 11:24 PM

Newport News officials urge residents to be alert on impact from Hurricane Dorian


Wednesday, September 4, 2019 5:51 AM

Hurricane Prep Conference Call

Join Del. Price along with state and local officials to discuss the updates on Hurricane Dorian, possible impact to the Peninsula, how to prepare now, and how to stay prepared for the whole Hurricane Season!

The call will start at 1:00pm sharp.  To join, dial 712-451-0801 and use access code 310655#

To share this with others, please see:  https://mailchi.mp/house/hurricane-dorian-updates


Tuesday, September 3, 2019 12:00 AM

New Commission announced to examine racial inequality in Virginia law

The Commission will review the Virginia Acts of Assembly, Code of Virginia, and administrative regulations to identify and make recommendations to address laws that were intended to or could have the effect of promoting or enabling racial discrimination or inequity.

The new commission was inspired by Senator Lionel Spruill and Delegate Marcia Price on Senate Bill 1079 and House Bill 2473. It encouraged the commission's mission to identify similar remainders of racially discriminatory language on Virginia’s books.

This Commission is part of the Northam administration’s ongoing work to right historical inequities in areas like education, healthcare, and access to business opportunities.


Sunday, August 25, 2019 12:00 AM

Virginia Tech victims' families plea again for gun control

The commission heard legislators present dozens of bills proposing ideas such as banning assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, giving localities the authority to regulate guns and requiring people to report lost or stolen firearms within 24 hours.
Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, got emotional while speaking to the commission about representing an area where gun violence is common.
"Not one more Virginian needs to lose their life to gun violence for us to acknowledge we have a problem," she said. "I know that. I live that."
Among her proposals is allocating grants for community assessments for youth and gang prevention in cities including Roanoke.
"I know legislation alone is not going to end gun violence, but we must each play our role, and my role is legislator," Price said.


Thursday, August 22, 2019 5:39 PM

Newport News delegate helping students prepare for future

At Delegate Marcia Price's 'Our Future Matters' Camp, students learn about leadership skills, possible careers and how to make changes in their community. The program lasts for two weeks.

 


Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:00 AM

95th District Delegate Marcia Price: Speech to Virginia Crime Commission

Delegate Marcia Price delivers an impassioned speech to the Virginia Crime Commission Tuesday August 20, 2019 in Richmond.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019 12:00 AM

Del. Price's Update on Special Session

The Virginia General Assembly met for a Special Session on Gun Violence on July 9, 2019. There, the leadership decided to shut down debate, table the bills, and send them to the Crime Commission. The Crime Commission met yesterday and will continue today. 
This has been a sad and scary summer for Newport News and other parts of Hampton Roads. Unfortunately, we in the 95th District are no strangers to the effects of gun violence. Whether because of domestic violence, youth violence, or gang violence, we know something must be done. Today, I will join my colleagues in presenting bills before the Crime Commission and making the case that we have an issue and we need to do something about it to save lives. We in #757 deserve safe places to live, work, and play without fear of gun violence. I'm going to do my part and I need you to do yours.

(Click to read more)


Sunday, August 18, 2019 12:00 AM

Here’s one viewpoint on Virginia’s gun debate — from behind bars

Democrat Marcia “Cia” Price, who succeeded BaCote’s mother as the 95th District delegate, has a bill she thinks could help some of those youth programs be successful.
Modeled after her uncle U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott’s Youth PROMISE (Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education) Act, the bill would fund “community assessments” in Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, and Roanoke to see what’s working to prevent youth and gang violence, and what’s not working.
Each of those localities — chosen, Price said Tuesday, because they experience a disproportionate amount of gun violence — would get $25,000 for these assessments, paid for through surplus general fund revenues.
She also wants the state’s auditing commission to study the social, physical, emotional, and economic effects of gun violence in Virginia.
“I would like to study the people,” she said. “Why they are shooting, the radiating effects, the number of lives impacted, number of dollars spent. I think we will be able to see that it is an issue.”
She’ll be at the meeting Tuesday pitching her bills in the hopes commissioners will recommend them to more state lawmakers, but they won’t all be back in Richmond to consider them until Nov. 18. The Crime Commission is scheduled to finalize a report on its recommendations after Nov. 12.


Saturday, July 13, 2019 12:53 AM

VIDEO: Special Session Speech on HB4005


Friday, July 12, 2019 11:16 PM

VIDEO: Kaine's Roundtable on Maternal Mortality


Friday, July 12, 2019 7:34 PM

Sen. Kaine holding roundtable in Hampton on maternal health


Tuesday, July 9, 2019 6:30 PM

Special session ends with no gun vote


Monday, July 8, 2019 10:32 PM

Congressman Bobby Scott holds gun violence prevention round table discussion

At today’s round table discussion Congressman Bobby Scott laid the foundation for leaders in the community to speak about what should change for gun prevention.
Delegate Marcia Price says we can’t do that without hearing from every perspective
“It is important to hear from all angles of it, and I know that I’ve talked with families that have been victims of gun violence, I’ve talked with experts,” said Price
But the one perspective not everyone expected was from a Newport News man, James Braxton

“I’m speaking on behalf of someone who has contributed to gun violence in my community. Some of these fights and these shootings that happened back in the day — that was us,” explained Braxton.
He now works with a group called RISE for Youth, and made it his mission for his voice to be heard today.
“If you want to understand the solutions to gun violence, first of all you have to have people on the panel that have contributed to gun violence. Unless you talk to us and ask why we picked up that gun and fired it, you’re not going to know,” Braxton said.
The panel comprised of law enforcement, delegates and social leaders talked about mental health, background checks, previous convictions and domestic violence, but even Price said on Monday she saw there is always room at the table.
“We were called out on not having involved some of the people that have previously committed crimes with guns and I look forward to have already reached out so that we can hear some of those voices,” Price said.
Scott says everything they heard today they’ve heard before it is just a matter of moving forward with progress on things like background checks and assault weapon bans.


Monday, July 8, 2019 4:20 PM

Top Republican in Virginia Senate proposes banning guns in all government buildings

Currently, state law largely prevents localities from regulating where firearms are carried, and only courthouses are gun-free. A state law already bans suppressors, bump stocks and magazines that hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition in large cities like Virginia Beach.
Norment’s bill would also ban suppressors and “ammunition designed for use with a dangerous weapon.” It also increases the punishment from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony, punishable by one to five years in jail or a $2,500 fine.
Law enforcement, magistrates, court officers, judges, treasurers and commissioners of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission are excluded.
With Northam’s support, Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, and Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, filed a bill that would give local governments the power to regulate guns, including in public buildings and parks and permitted events. But Norment’s proposal doesn’t give localities a choice about whether to allow guns in government buildings.
In an emailed statement, Norment focused on the increased punishment in his bill, rather than the expansion of the ban.


Monday, July 8, 2019 4:00 PM

**Roundtable discussion on gun violence provides no clear solution to the issue

Scott said he and the Democratic Gun Violence Task Force he serves on have come up with a list of recommendations to address gun violence.
These include an assault weapons ban, implementing a magazine limitation, establishing universal background checks, giving more money to mental health services and reducing crime generally.
“There’s no one solution,” Scott said after the meeting.
He said he believed the topics covered in the discussion were consistent with what the task force recommended.
Del. Marcia Price said she’s one of few delegates who’s awoken by gunfire at night and chooses her way home based on what she’s seen in the news.
In introductions, she emphasized that it didn’t take the shooting in Virginia Beach for her to realize there was a problem with gun violence.
“Before the map was redrawn, most of the shootings in the city were happening in the 95th district,” Price said. “And it is very humbling to sit as an elected official for my area and know that I can’t fix it.
“Because no matter what bills we pass, legislation will not stop gun violence. It will take all of us working together to work on what’s really causing it.”

Price said she’s ready to step up for the issue at the special session. She’ll carry one of eight proposals the governor has put together, she said, and for the fifth time she’ll propose a bill that’ll let localities determine their ordinances on gun violence.

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Monday, July 8, 2019 1:10 PM

The special session is supposed to be about guns. But will rules allow it?

As Scott’s town hall was breaking up, Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, asked for odds on a Northam measure she’s backing — a bill that would let city councils and county boards of supervisors enact ordinances regulating possession and carrying of firearms — shrugged and says it all depends on the resolution setting the rules for the special sessions.

Normally, those rules are the same as for a regular session. Specifically, that bills go to a committee — in the House, to a subcommittee — that votes on whether to recommend a measure or to kill it. In the House, when the five or so members of a subcommittee kill a bill, that’s pretty much it, though in theory it is possible for the full committee to consider a measure.Thanks to a couple of House subcommittees, gun control measures just don’t make it to the floor.


Sunday, July 7, 2019 12:00 AM

Gun control special session: Here’s what to expect

Northam’s wish list includes universal background checks; a ban on assault weapons, which would include suppressors and bump stocks; an extreme risk protection or red flag law; reinstating Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month law; child access protection measures; required reporting of lost or stolen firearms and giving municipalities the power to regulate firearms in government buildings.
• The red flag bill would allow judges or magistrates to bar people who appear to be in danger of hurting themselves or others from keeping or purchasing guns for 14 days. Law enforcement would hold any weapons the subject of the order owned. The order would have to be based on a history of violence and supported by an investigation by police. The subject could file a motion to dismiss the order at any point during those 14 days and the court could extend the order to six months.
• Cities, counties and towns would be able decide whether to regulate firearms in local government buildings.
• In the last session, the legislation to require background checks for most gun transactions included exemptions for a number of situations, including sales between family members or antique guns. Under current law, background checks are only required for transactions with federally licensed firearms dealers. Private sellers — including vendors at gun shows who aren’t federally licensed — have the option of conducting a background check through the state police, but it is not required.
• The bill to ban gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition in the past session defined an “assault firearm” as any gun that holds more than 10 rounds of ammunition. A separate bill would have banned bump stocks. (A national ban on bump stocks, which were used in the Las Vegas massacre and enable semi-automatic weapons to increase their rate of fire, went into effect in March)
• The one-handgun-a-month bill reinstates a 1993 law championed by former Democratic Gov. Doug Wilder. Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell signed the repeal of the law in 2012. Since then, Democrats have tried but failed to pass it again. Under the failed proposal, anyone purchasing more than one gun a month could do so after getting an “enhanced background check.”
• Gun owners would be required to report a lost or stolen weapon within 24 hours of realizing it was gone. (Here’s a bill on the issue that failed from the 2018 session). Law enforcement would report it to the National Crime Information Center. The legislation provided immunity for people who report the lost or stolen weapon if the weapon is used in a crime.
• Leaving a loaded gun around children under 18 would become a Class 6 felony according to a bill filed in the past session— the lowest level felony punishable by one to five years in jail or some jail time with a $2,500 fine. Right now leaving a loaded gun around a child under 14 is a misdemeanor charge.
• Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, filed a bill Sunday that would allow localities to adopt regulations around possessing, storing, carrying and transporting guns.
• One of Northam’s proposals wasn’t introduced in the regular session. Right now, only subjects of “family abuse” protective orders are prohibited from having a gun. Northam wants to block all subjects of protective orders from possessing firearms, which can include people accused of stalking, harassment and other non-physical intimidation or violence.


Thursday, May 23, 2019 8:57 AM

Stolen Shoes & Second Chances - May Newsletter

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 5:30 PM

Local State Delegate’s car broken into, but she’s hoping to turn it into a positive

Now, Price is hoping to turn her experience into a positive and is encouraging people to donate clothes and shoes. "Those of us who may have a little extra - we get busy in our day-to-day lives and the things that we have in the back of our closets can be a huge impact to people," she said.
Organizers of Tori's Closet say shoes are very popular items. People can come by on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. to collect the clothing for free. All they need to submit is their names.
People wishing to donate can stop by the center weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
"I was imagining what these people might look like if they're going off to their new job or they might be going off to a special event and they needed these shoes," she said.

 

 


Monday, May 20, 2019 10:37 PM

Local Delegate asking others to donate clothes to charity after her donations were stolen

While she was in Richmond for a conference this weekend, someone smashed her window and broke into her car.
"I checked, and they stole food that I had for a youth group. They also stole some shoes that I had gotten together for a donation," she said.
Delegate Price said she didn't want that to stop her from still donating to help those who go to Tori's Closet, so, she asked others to help donate clothes.
"Once I posted it on Facebook, I had an outpouring of love from all over Hampton Roads, all over Virginia. Some of my college friends from Atlanta and New York wanted to see how they could help," said Delegate Price.
As the donations come in, she said she's reminded that there are many who are in need, and she hopes the kindness of others can make a difference.

 

 


Friday, April 12, 2019 10:05 AM

Reflections on a General Assembly shadowed by gubernatorial scandal

From the Shad Plank News Blog: What then, one audience member asked, can Virginians do about the blow the state suffered from the scandal?
And here, Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-Newport News, spoke up, following up on an earlier comment that Virginia needed to do some real work on reconciliation — work, she said, that means recognizing racial and economic inequities and committing to redressing them.
“We have to say: ‘we’re not afraid to talk about these things, because we are Virginia,’” she said.


Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:00 AM

Without outreach funding, it will be harder to count Virginia’s children, immigrants and senior citizens in 2020

Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, was one of the most vocal supporters of state funding for census outreach. She spoke about the importance of counting every resident of Virginia several times on the House of Delegates floor and cited “non-return” rates of 2010 census surveys in Hampton Roads, which includes many of the state’s largest cities.
Non-return rates track the number of people who don’t respond to the initial census survey mailed to them. The census follows up with those people in other ways to make sure they are included in the final count, so it shows how many people needed outreach for census participation, Price said on Twitter.
According to census data, Norfolk had a 29 percent non-return rate, meaning roughly 68,000 people there didn’t respond to the first survey mailed to them for the 2010 census. Newport News, where Price’s father presides as mayor, had a 26 percent non-return rate.
At the bottom of return rates was Highland County, where 47 percent of residents didn’t return a survey. Bland and King and Queen counties had the state’s highest return rates at 85 and 86 percent, respectively.
“The @uscensusbureau is WAY behind on staffing and prep for the upcoming census,” Price tweeted a few weeks before the General Assembly reconvened to consider Northam’s vetos and budget rewrites. “We have to look out for ourselves. VA can do that by funding outreach to make sure there is a complete count in our Commonwealth.”


Tuesday, April 9, 2019 12:00 AM

Opinion: Commentary: Cleaning Up the Code

Laws can be read to help understand the community mores and values of the past. This session saw a meaningful number of bills passed that reflect a cleaning-up of the Code to reflect changing community values. Some of these include repealing remnants of Jim Crow laws of racial oppression of the past. Thanks to Delegate Marcia Price and Senator Lionell Spruill, the provisions in Code that exempted Virginia's minimum wage requirements for newsboys, shoe-shine boys, babysitters who work 10 hours or more per week, ushers, doormen, concession attendants, and cashiers in theaters, all of which were occupations that were most likely held by African Americans, were repealed. The old law made it legal to discriminate through wages. A new law will require employers to provide pay stubs as a way to assist low-wage workers to manage their money and be treated fairly.


Thursday, March 14, 2019 8:27 AM

Sips & Signatures


Monday, March 4, 2019 10:28 PM

Welcome Back Party

Let's welcome home Delegate Price as she has returned from the 2019 Legislative Session! Come hear more about session, sign her petitions, and sign up for her campaign! Come anytime between 4:30p-8:00p!


Monday, February 25, 2019 12:00 AM

Redistricting reform clears first major hurdle with General Assembly approval

Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, said she was disappointed to see there was only a mention of the Voting Rights Act, not language from the federal law. She voted no on the measure.
“If the Voting Rights Act is gutted, this mention wouldn’t offer the protection the Voting Rights Act does,” she said.
She also didn’t like language that says “districts shall provide, where practicable, opportunities for racial and ethnic communities to elect candidates of their choice.”
“I just don’t think that racial fairness … minority fairness, cultural fairness should be parenthetical,” she said.
House Democratic leaders said they have “great hope” the bill will stop the creation of unconstitutional voting districts in the state, but said their members who voted no on the bill had good reason to do so.
“This plan does not ensure any minority representation on the redistricting commission,” House Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, said in a statement.
“If we are to take anything away from the Bethune-Hill case as well as the events of this legislative session, it is that our commonwealth must take greater strides toward achieving racial equity. Next year, it will be a top priority of our caucus to pass criteria that ensures minority representation on the redistricting commission.”


Monday, February 25, 2019 12:00 AM

‘No short road to redemption:’ Budget is a step toward racial reconciliation, black lawmakers say

With race front-and-center during the General Assembly session that concluded Sunday, lawmakers approved a budget that fulfilled requests from black lawmakers to begin addressing inequities.
“Poverty is a commonwealth-wide conversation and it shouldn’t be up to just the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus to discuss, it should be our collective responsibility,” Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, said on the House floor earlier this month when the body considered the now-passed tax plan. “Equality might feel good, might make us feel like we’ve accomplished something, but the real work of justice is equity.”
“Systematic racism is real. Equity is not codifying policy that will keep people stuck.”
Price said black lawmakers would make their demands in any year. But this year, budget negotiations came after a photo of people in blackface and in a Ku Klux Klan robe were found on the medical school yearbook page of Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam. He apologized for it, but later said he was sure he wasn’t in the photo.
“I think it was a perfect storm for the silver lining of this Dumpster fire,” Price said. “We did have this important conversation whether people wanted to or not.”


Saturday, February 23, 2019 12:00 PM

Budget pushes legislative session into a day of overtime

Dels. Lashrecse Aird, D-Petersburg, and Marcia Price, D-Newport News, tweeted a video from the House floor during a recess to emphasize what they saw as the need for more time to review the budget and Republican inconsistency in how they enforce House rules. “We just had this whole conversation,” Price said, as Aird added, “About rules matter!”


Saturday, February 23, 2019 12:00 AM

General Assembly approves independent redistricting commission, despite objections from black lawmakers

House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, the architect of the 2011 plan, said his party has made a concerted effort to promote African-American inclusion.
“Republicans have had more African-Americans on key committees than when the Democrats were in control,” Jones said. He added that he still believes the General Assembly should have map-drawing power, but the compromise announced Saturday “takes as much of the politics out of it as can be.”
Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, said it wasn’t enough for her white colleagues to say they “do nice things for black people” while treating structural fairness for African-Americans as “optional.”
The amendment states that the commission would have to draw lines that comport with all laws on “racial and ethnic fairness,” including the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause. But black lawmakers took exception to language that said districts should be drawn to allow minority communities to elect candidates of their choice “where practicable.”


Friday, February 22, 2019 12:00 AM

After 'masculine arrogance,' could women of color rescue Virginia from scandal?

"There hasn't been a deliberate effort to encourage minority women to step into this role (as elected officials)," said Del. Lashrecse Aird, D-Petersburg, the assistant director for development at Richard Bland College of William & Mary.
Del. Cia Price said women of color pick which battles to fight in the General Assembly and which ones to let go. Price, 38, a Democrat and fourth-generation resident of the Peninsula who lives in Newport News and directs a local nonprofit for community organizing, serves on six committees or subcommittees, and only one is chaired by a woman.
Price spoke out on the House floor earlier this month on a tax deal between Northam and Republican leaders, saying it didn't provide racial and economic equity. Members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, who have called for Northam to resign, opposed the deal. Northam's negotiation from a position of weakness and inability to push for racial equity in the tax deal makes the scandal about more than just a photo, Price and Aird said.
Price and Aird, 32, both elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2017, said that even when women are rising in politics, there are always guards at the gates above them.
Among experiences they've had in the legislature: In the old General Assembly Building, both were repeatedly asked to show their badges when they had their delegate pins on, even when they were walking in the building alongside male lawmakers who were not asked to show their badges.
Male and female lawmakers of both parties and lobbyists mix them up, they said. "There are so many examples of people leaving things on my desk thinking it's Del. Price or people coming up to me thinking it's her," Aird said.
Said Price: "We have to be intentional about every single detail. We have to be excellent in every single moment. And they don't even have to learn our names."
Members of the Black Caucus like Aird and Price, who were not previously taken seriously in their own positions of power, are now being asked to help Northam.
"The idea that African-Americans have to pick up the banner to teach white people how to not have white privilege is white privilege," Price said. "I am standing within a power structure that tells me I should not be here, but because of my power with the position, I am being asked to clean up someone else's mess."


Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:00 AM

2019 Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Day

That’s why Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast (GSCCC) joins other councils who serve girls in Virginia to host the Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Day in Richmond, Virginia annually. Select members that include Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Board Chairs, along with girls on leadership tracks, travel to meet with legislators and share information from our legislative agenda. Our goal is to have Girl Scouts viewed as the expert on girl policy issues and bring attention to the need for: increased girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), strengthening of girls’ entrepreneurial and financial literacy skills, expanded access to outdoor experiences and ways to prevent relational aggression, and improved ways to build healthy communications within our schools and communities.


Monday, February 18, 2019 12:00 AM

In Wake of Scandals, Black Lawmakers Connect Policy with Race

Last week, the House of Delegates took a final vote on a tax cut bill. In another year, it might have been a wonky discussion centered on standard deductions and tax brackets.
This year -- the year of a blackface scandal that has ensnared Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring -- it was also about race.
Democratic Delegate Marcia Price was among the half dozen members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus who spoke out against the Republican-authored bill. She said it wasn't enough to condemn Northam and Herring and go back to business.
“We were sent here to legislate,” she said. “And so right now, our first step that we can take towards true racial equity is to vote ‘no’ on this bill.”
Price voted against the bill, but several of her colleagues eventually relented after they pushed Republican leaders for more funding in the budget for other priorities, like eviction diversion programs and high poverty schools.
For the black caucus, it’s the start of a long-overdue discussion about how policies in the General Assembly affect minority communities.

At a press conference last week, Delegate Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond) challenged lawmakers who’d spoken out against racism to put funding behind their rhetoric.
“I think what the last two weeks have crystalized for us is the need for us to have some real conversation and put some real action behind our words when we talk about equity,” he said. “And when we talk about equality.”
Northam included funding for high-poverty schools in his budget and has vowed to fight for racial equity in lieu of heeding calls to resign. But the black caucus still needs to win over House Republicans like Delegate Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) who leads that group in budget negotiations.

Jones says he’ll consider ways to fund the black caucus’ priorities. But he says he was elected to serve the whole state, and isn’t specifically looking at racial equity when he writes the budget.
“We look at good public policy, is what we look at,” Jones says.


Saturday, February 16, 2019 12:00 AM

Virginia Democrats Now Look To Women Of Color For Leadership

The events of the past two weeks have sparked difficult conversations in Democratic circles about how to move forward, exposing divisions along lines of age, race, and gender.
"It is hard to hear that we stand for women, and we stand for racial equity, when there are mixed messages coming from the leadership of the party," said Del. Marcia Price, the secretary for the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.
Price said black women are touched by all of those issues and should be at the center of these discussions.
"I really think it's an important time to amplify the voices of black women, because we have the perspective where all of these things are hitting," she said.
Rodgers, with Virginia Young Democrats, said the party must develop diverse leaders well before there's another crisis.


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