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UPDATED ACTION ALERT - PRIORITY BILLS

Click here for an update on our Action Alert of bills that we believe have a reasonable chance of passage by June 30. Changes since the original Action Alert appear in red.

Although not yet in bill form, we also urge you to ask your legislators to support funding for Farmland Preservation and Open Space when they finalize the Capital Expenditure (Bond) Bill. The Governor has recommended and the League concurs with $10 million for each of these programs. Agriculture is our number one economic driver and we need to maintain a critical mass of farmland so that agriculture remains strong and viable. Open space preservation is critical because of increasing pressure from development and the importance of giving Delawareans adequate recreational opportunities, for health and quality of life. The Bond Bill Committee meets on Wednesday and Thursday, June 20 and 21 at 9 a.m.

For background on most of the issues addressed by our priority bills, go to Our Advocacy Workand scroll down to position papers and/or Testimonies.

To find the phone number or email address for your legislators, go to http://legis.delaware.gov/Senate or http://legis.delaware.gov/House. If you don't know who your legislators are, click on "Who is My Legislator?" at legis.delaware.gov and enter your address.

Top Priority Bills for Action by June 30

The League of Women Voters of Delaware has published a list of its top 12 priority bills for which we are seeking action before the General Assembly adjourns on June 30 (or early a.m. on July 1).

Members are urged to contact their own legislators on even one or two bills of their choice to enhance the efforts of the League's registered (VOLUNTEER) lobbyists. Members are encouraged to indicate their membership in the League and to pick more than one or two!

The list is here.

To find the phone number or email address for your legislators, go to http://legis.delaware.gov/Senate or http://legis.delaware.gov/House. If you don't know who your legislators are, click on "Who is My Legislator?" at legis.delaware.gov and enter your address.

Updated Lobby Handbook Now Available

Thanks to President Joann Hasse, one of the original authors, and Carling Ryan from the new Women's Advocacy Office, our Lobby Handbook has been updated and is now available online here.

This book has been written to give you a "short course" on the legislative process in Delaware and to offer practical information about influencing it. We encourage you to take advantage of our state's small size and to become knowledgeable about and involved in your government.

After you take a look at the book and want to learn how to practice what you learn, League members are invited to attend our monthly Advocacy Corps meetings where you can observe and, when you are ready, lend a hand as our ten registered, volunteer lobbyists work to implement League policy positions into Delaware law.

ERA Action Alert

LWVDE Action Alert

SUPPORT DELAWARE ERA HB 399 AND ATTEND LEAGUE DAY IN DOVER AND SPEND THE ENTIRE DAY!!! HB 399, adding an ERA to the Delaware Constitution, is scheduled for a vote in Committee at 3:30 pm that day with debate on the Senate Floor, immediately following! If you haven't already registered for League Day, you can do so by TOMORROW Sunday, May 6. Use a credit card or PayPal to register online at http://lwvdelaware.org/donate_form.html. Scroll down to Donate with a Credit Card or Donate with PayPal, hit the Donate link at that site. Donate $30. We will know that is for League Day.

REGISTER FOR LEAGUE DAY TODAY OR TOMORROW! (BY SUNDAY.)

BETWEEN TODAY AND WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 A.M. IF YOU HAVEN'T DONE SO ALREADY, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATOR AND ANY OTHER SENATORS YOU MAY KNOW AND TELL THEM TO VOTE YES ON HB 399.

LWVDE Council Meeting

SAVE THE DATE On Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 10 am to 3 pm, the State Council meeting will be held at the Dover City Library. The merger of LWVDE and the Ed Fund into a single 501(c)(3) organization will be discussed and voted on. Speaker Amy Hjerstedt from LWVUS will outline the national organiation's Transformation Roadmap. SAVE THE DATE

Action Alert on Gun Safety

The House is considering two bills strongly supported by LWVDE. Please contact your legislators and urge them to support the following two bills:

Support HB 330. This bill would change from 18 to 21 the age of a person to whom another person can sell, give, or transfer a firearm or ammunition for a firearm. See the League statement here.

Support HB 302. It would give our mental health professionals more ways to raise red flags with law enforcement and limit access to firearms for patients they believe could harm themselves or others. Its provisions aim to ensure due process for those identified as potentially dangerous.

Then, attend the hearing at 2:30 pm Wednesday in the House Chambers at Legislative Hall, 411 Legislative Ave. in Dover to show your support. Wear your LWV pin and join the rest of us.

For a flyer with more info, including bill sponsors and co-sponsors and how to contact your legislators, go here.

LWVUS Updates

March 1, 2018 Update includes
  • Convention 2018 information
  • News of the Week
  • Advocacy actions -- Supreme Court hears MN voters Alliance V. Mansky, Dream Act stalled, Offshore Drilling and Clean Power Plan comment opportunities rolled back.

February 15, 2018 Update includes:
  • Convention 2018 registration information
  • LWVEF grant funding available for voter registration at naturalization ceremonies
  • Advocacy actions -- Immigration, Ozone Regulations, Sentencing Reform & Corrections Act of 2017, Offshore Drilling and Clean Power Plan comment opportunities rolled back
  • LWVUS Legislative priorities

League Testifies on Governor's Budget

During late January and February, several Advocacy Corps members spoke at hearings of the Joint Finance Committee to urge approval of some of the Governor's budget provisions and decry the absence of funding for some important programs. Their testimony and updated position papers are here.

According to the press release issued by the Governor's office, "the Fiscal Year 2019 Recommended Budget, sent to the General Assembly in January, represents a balanced $4.2 billion financial plan that will make important investments in Delaware's economy, workforce, and public schools, while ensuring budget sustainability.

The Governor's "Responsible Investment" proposal limits budget growth to 3.49 percent and allocates $100 million of surplus, one-time revenue into one-time investments in the capital budget.

Learn more about the proposed budget and whether it is truly sustainable at League Day in Dover.

Updated Version of This Way to the Voting Booth Issued

Voting & Elections Chair Letty Diswood has announced availability of an updated version of This Way to the Voting Booth: A Citizen's Guide to Registration and Voting. Everything you ever wanted to know about how to register and vote in Delaware is covered, including 2018 deadlines for registering, election dates, what to expect at the polling place, and specific information about voting in school board elections. Note: The 2018 Primary Election is scheduled for Thursday, September 6 instead of the typical Tuesday election day.

The 4-page brochure can be printed on legal sized paper for distribution. It is available here and a version that can be printed without using so much red ink is available here.

This information is also available on this website under Voting and Elections.

LWVUS Notes Opportunity to Comment on Offshore Drilling

The Trump Administration's plan to allow drilling along coasts of the United States (except Florida) will begin moving ahead this year, if not modified after the public comment period. This will take our country in the wrong direction in addressing climate change. There is still time, but not much, to submit comments opposing the proposed policy shift. All concerned Leagues and members are urged to do so. Members should indicate that they are a member of the [local] League.

The LWVUS Climate Change Task Force has developed some background and message points to consider when commenting. Public comment is being received through the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) website until 11:59 Eastern on March 9th.

LWVUS Board Adopts 2018 Legislative Priorities

The LWVUS Board has set the following as the legislative priorities for 2018:

1. Campaign for Making Democracy Work™ (MDW), with special emphasis on protecting voting rights.
2. Watchdog: Respond strategically on issues with LWV positions when needed, but focus on the Campaign for Making Democracy Work™.

The board recognizes that the coming year will be full of the unexpected. The main focus for LWVUS should continue to be our MDW Campaign, but other topics are expected to pop up that are important to the LWV--including the Dream Act and immigration reform, climate change and health care defense. There will doubtless be other, unpredictable legislative issues. Advocacy staff, working with the president and advocacy chair, will respond to watchdog issues as time allows. The board can re-examine or re-align legislative priorities as the situation may dictate throughout the coming year.

LWVDE Compliance with Delaware Law

Effective Immediately: for Action to be taken on an issue, electronic votes MUST be unanimous and each person's vote must be recorded and appear in the minutes of the next Board meeting. This will ensure compliance with Delaware law.

League of Women Voters' 98th Year

This year marks the League's 98th year. Click here to read about the history of the LWV!

JOIN Our Social Media Communities!

The League of Women Voters of Delaware has joined the League of Women Voters U.S. and other Leagues around the nation in social media conversations taking place on Facebook and Twitter. These online communities share news from across the state and country. Our Delaware pages features "fast facts" about the league as well as calendar items and photos of League members who are involved in community events.

Our Facebook page was started October 30, 2013 by Sussex League member Janet Orlando. Our Twitter page was started October 23, 2013 by New Castle League member Diane Maxwell. The League of Women Voters U. S. is one of our followers and has already "retweeted" one of our "fast facts" posts!

To join Facebook, simply click on Facebook or go to <http://www.facebook.com>, search for the League of Women Voters of Delaware, and send us a "friend" request. To follow us on Twitter, click on Twitter or go to <http://www.twitter.com>, follow the instructions for joining, and then search for @lwvde and "follow" us!

Diane Maxwell and Mary Eggars, Public Relations Co-Chairs, LWVDE.

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