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Welcome to my website!  I was elected 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 2019 General Assembly Legislative Session began at noon on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.  Odd numbered years are "short sessions" and we met for 46 calendar days (one more day than usual).  During Session, all 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates met every Monday-Friday at noon. You can watch each session here.

Our committee meetings were held at various times during the week. Find our committee video here. Can't remember how a bill becomes a law, no problem! Get your refresher here.

We adjourned sine die on February 24, 2019. And then our next step in the legislative process was Reconvened (Veto) Session on April 3, 2019. There the Senators and Delegates reacted to the Governor's vetoes and amendments to bills that had been passed.

Most bills became law on July 1st.

The General Assembly was called back for Special Session and began on July 9, 2019.  The intent was for the legislature to discuss gun violence prevention measures but the parameters of the session are being guided by the resolution that was approved.  We were in Session for 90 minutes, click here to watch the House video from Special Session!  Unfortunately, instead of in depth conversation about the proposed legislation, the current leadership punted the bills to the Crime Commission.

The Crime Commission met on August 19th to hear testimony from industry organizations and agencies.  And on August 20th they heard public comment and bill presentations from Delegates and Senators.  For a list of all of the proposed bills  please click here and to see the four Gun Violence related bills I have proposed for Special Session 2019, click here.  

See video from the meetings: Day 1 and Day 2 (my bill presentation is at 4:23:00)

In November, the Crime Commission chose not to meet, leading the planned Special Session meeting on November 18th to become Pro Forma (perfunctory or a matter of ceremony).  We never had a meeting to discuss gun violence prevention.  See the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Statement on this at bit.ly/VLBConCrimeCommission

The 2020 Legislative Session will begin at noon on January 8th.  Bills began to be dropped on November 18th.  You can track the bills that are being introduced here:   bit.ly/2020VABills     The majority of the bills will be filed by 10am on January 8th so keep checking back.  I would love to hear your feedback on the bills! We encourage you to use this site, emails, and phone calls for constituent communication.  We also invite you to come up to Richmond during Session to see the process!

In the meantime, 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.  Stay informed on this site and our social media pages to stay connected to see what we're doing and how you can help!  

Now, let's go make a difference!

Sincerely,

Delegate Marcia "Cia" Price, 

Virginia House of Delegates, District 95

"Be the change. Do the work."

 

updated 12/23/19

News

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.


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)


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


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