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Welcome to my website!  I was elected in 2016 to represent the 95th District in the Virginia House of Delegates (parts of Newport News and parts of Hampton).  I am honored to serve the citizens and help make the Peninsula an even better place to live, learn, work, play, and raise a family.

The 2021 General Assembly Legislative Session began on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 and we adjourned on March 1, 2021.  During Session, all 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates met every Monday-Friday and you can watch our previous committee meetings and sessions here.  The House has 14 standing committees and the meetings were held at various times during the week. Can't remember how a bill becomes a law, no problem! Get your refresher here to follow along the process.

You can track all of the bills that we introduced and passed this year all the way through the legislative process.  We started off in 2021 Session and we ended in 2021 Special Session 1 - so be sure to check out the bills on the right site.  You can find how my bills ended by clicking here, with our 7 bill limit, I got 5 bills passed, 1 sent to study, 1 resolution passed, and 1 resolution sent to a work group. Take a look at some of the videos we have from session on my YouTube channel!

All the bills that passed both the House and Senate were sent to the Governor and the House and the Senate reconvened on April 7, 2021 to take action any vetoes and amendments. The bills will go into law on July 1st of this year unless otherwise stated in the legislation.

Now, members are meeting with our interim committees. I serve as Vice-Chair of the Barrier Crimes and Background Checks Joint Subcommittee and serve on the Deeds' Commission (Special Populations workgroup), the COPN workgroup, and the subcommittee on Reproductive Health Services Coverage. Here's a list of all of the study committees, workgroups, and commissions and for a schedule of meetings, click here.

Be sure to sign up for our email newsletter to receive important updates. And be sure to check back often for news posts and updates from the District.  You can use this site and our social media pages to stay connected and see what we're doing and how you can help!  We have included important information on COVID-19, including evictions prevention information.  Take a look around the site! And be sure to view our June 13th Town Hall!

Thank you for visiting!

Sincerely,

Marcia "Cia" Price 

Member, Virginia House of Delegates

95th District: Parts of Newport News and Hampton

"Be the change. Do the work."

 

A note about our Constituent Services work: There have been some frustrations expressed with our requirement that you let us know if you are a resident of the 95th District. While I understand that concerns and issues often do not have the same borders as districts, my primary commitment is to the people I serve and then I will do as much as I can for others. Feel free to reach out to your own Delegate if you do not live in the 95th District. Here's a link to find out which Delegate has the honor of serving you: Who's My Legislator

updated 6/17/21

 

News

Monday, June 14, 2021 5:21 PM

Virginia state leaders, advocates answer questions about marijuana legalization

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

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

 


Monday, June 7, 2021 11:59 PM

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

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


Sunday, May 16, 2021 1:13 PM

As GOP restricts voting, Democrats move to expand access

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

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


Friday, April 30, 2021 10:35 AM

Del. Price's update on Maternal Health

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


Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:49 PM

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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