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 2020 General Assembly Legislative Session began at noon on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Even numbered years are "long sessions" and are scheduled for 60 calendar days. During Session, all 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates met every Monday-Friday at noon. You can watch each session here.
The House votes on house bills and then at Crossover, everything that has passed the House goes over to the Senate and vice versa. Then once we are finished, we will adjourn sine die in early March and then our next step in the legislative process will be Reconvened (Veto) Session on April 22, 2020. There the Senators and Delegates react to the Governor's vetoes and amendments to bills that had been passed.
Most bills will become law on July 1st.
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!
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Now, let's go make a difference!
Delegate Marcia "Cia" Price,
Virginia House of Delegates, District 95
"Be the change. Do the work."
NewsWednesday, February 19, 2020 10:03 PM
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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
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.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 3:34 PM
“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
"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.”