Please contact your legislators and urge them to support these 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.
The morning program will take place at The Outlook at the Duncan Center, 500 W. Loockerman Street, Dover. Registration begins at 8:30. See the calendar for a schedule.
Professor Ed Ratledge, Director of UD's Center for Applied Demography and Survey, will preview key issues affected by future population growth and changing demographics relevant to the state budget.
The remaining morning program will feature key players -- Budget Director Michael Jackson, State Treasurer Ken Simpler, and DEFAC Chair Michael Houghton -- who will present their specific roles and thoughts on the process of budget "creation," followed by a roundtable discussion among the three and questions from the audience.
The buffet lunch with legislators will feature former Senator Karen Peterson, who served on the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee for several years. Her topic is the Politics of the Budget Process.
After lunch, attendees are urged to go to Legislative Hall to meet with legislators and attend committee hearings. The League will have a table in the second floor lobby with legislative information, goodies and hand-outs.
"We think this program will be helpful to all attendees in understanding Delaware's budget issues in which our growing population creates increasing demands on state government while legislators work to meet those demands with limited dollars and reluctance to increase taxes, especially during an election year" said Hasse.
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.
This information is also available on this website under Voting and Elections.
In addition, three defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft.
"The defendants allegedly conducted what they called information warfare against the United States, with the stated goal of spreading distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said.
To be the informed citizens that we are as members of the League of Women Voters, we suggest that you read the entire 37-page indictment, which can be found here.
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.
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.
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.