Del. Price's common-sense housing justice bill
RICHMOND, VA- Today, Delegate Marcia “Cia” Price, who represents the 95th District in the House of Delegates, released the following statement about Republicans in the General Laws Committee defeating HB 1650, which would have allowed localities to hold absentee landlords legally accountable:
was voted down today in Committee
"It is unfortunate that MAGA Republicans in the House of Delegates have lost touch with residents so much so that they cannot even bring themselves to support legislation in 2023 that they supported in 2022.
HB1650 was in direct response to constituent concerns and lived experience with unsafe and unhealthy living conditions. There are slumlords here in the Commonwealth who refuse to make necessary improvements and repairs for their renters’ health and safety. MAGA Republicans made it clear that they would rather protect wealthy slumlords over renters in desperate need of healthy and safe homes.
Despite the moral and political failings of my Republican colleagues, I will not back down from this fight. I will continue to be a voice in the General Assembly for these Virginians, and I vow to redouble my efforts to secure the protections they deserve. I have introduced other pieces of legislation focused on housing justice this session and look forward to defending those bills in the coming days and weeks as well.”
Delegate Marcia S. "Cia" Price serves the 95th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. As a member of the General Laws Committee, she has proposed housing justice legislation for several years, fighting for renters' rights and eviction prevention. She has been serving since 2016 and is a Secretary of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.