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 will begin at noon on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.  Odd numbered years are "short sessions" and we will meet for 45 calendar days.  During Session, all 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates meet every Monday-Friday at noon. You can watch it here.

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

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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 1/2/19

News

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.


Friday, February 15, 2019 12:00 AM

VCTA Cable Reports Interview with Del. Price

Del. Price answers questions about the 2019 Legislative Session, take a look.


Friday, February 15, 2019 12:00 AM

Northam Signs Sweeping Tax Cut

Governor Ralph Northam signed tax legislation on Friday that includes a nearly $1 billion tax cut and clears the way for the state to begin processing tax returns.
The bill marks a departure from Northam’s initial budget proposal. That plan, which was rolled out before the governor became embroiled in a scandal over blackface, called for the state to keep most of a $1.2 billion windfall caused by President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
The bill he ended up signing includes tax rebates of $110 for individual filers and $220 for married couples. It raises the standard deduction by fifty percent beginning in tax year 2019.
Several black lawmakers in the House of Delegates spoke out against the tax cut earlier this week, saying it didn’t do enough to help low-income minorities.
“Systemic racism is real,” said Del. Marcia Price (D-Hampton ). “Equity is not codifying tax policy that would perpetuate large percentages of communities of color being stuck in impoverished situations.”
Republicans said the plan provided broad tax relief, including to those groups. Price voted against the bill, but other members of the Legislative Black Caucus eventually switched their vote after Republicans said they would consider increasing budget spending on education, eviction prevention, and other priorities of the caucus. (Click for full article)


Tuesday, February 12, 2019 3:20 PM

Virginia will speed up blood testing when first responders face accidental exposure

Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, introduced a bill in 2017 that would expedite the testing of bodily fluids when first responders may have been exposed to HIV or Hepatitis B or C.
The first version of the legislation two years ago would have allowed the testing to be ordered by a magistrate, who is available around the clock and has several duties, including the issuance of arrest warrants, summonses, bonds, search warrants and subpoenas.

This year, Price went another route — through the General District Court.
The bill, which passed both the House and Senate last week, requires a general district court to hold a hearing within 48 hours of a petition being filed to test a blood sample. If the court finds probable cause to believe someone like McClain was exposed to a transmitted disease, the judge can order the person whose bodily fluids were involved to provide a blood sample or submit to testing.
That person can still appeal the order to Circuit Court with 10 days, and any testing done can’t be used as criminal evidence against someone.
“This is important legislation towards keeping our first responders safe and healthy as they remain committed to protect the public.” Hampton Police Chief Terry Sult said in an email.
Price’s bill now heads to the governor’s desk.

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