Making Democracy Work

Our Advocacy Work

Making Democracy Work

The LWV of Delaware is active in Dover, the state capital, working primarily through our Advocacy Corps and our 11 volunteer, registered lobbyists..

Advocacy Corps

The Advocacy Corps (AC), chaired by Sandy Spence, is comprised of our 11 volunteer registered lobbyists, other portfolio (committee) chairs, and additional League members who participate on a regular basis in the AC's deliberations. They monitor all bills related to League issues.

Our volunteer lobbyists advocate on those bills where we have a relevant state or national position that has been developed after study and consensus at the national and/or state level.

A summary of our state positions, developed after study and consensus, appears below. Positions developed by LWVUS can also be used as a basis for League action. Go here for our Positions.

The AC is also responsible for organizing our annual League Day in Dover, held in late March or early April each year.

The Corps meets in Dover monthly during legislative sessions and most months in between. For more information contact Sandy Spence, Advocacy Chair.

Current and Recent Advocacy Actions

In the first of the two-year 149th Session of Delaware's General Assembly, the Advocacy Corps discussed 124 bills, deciding on which ones to support, oppose, or simply monitor. See the summer 2017 Delaware Voter for a summary report of the first year of the 149th Session of the Delaware General Assembly.

In 2015-16, the AC addressed over 200 bills, deciding on which ones to support, oppose, or simply monitor. See the summer 2016 Delaware Voter for a summary report of the 148th Session of the Delaware General Assembly (2015-16).

LWVDE Position Papers

Based on state and/or national League policy positions, the Advocacy Corps has prepared a set of Position Papers on specific bills or current issues. Members deliver folders with these papers to the office of every legislator on the afternoon of League Day and they are used throughout the year as we advocate at public hearings, write letters to the editor and take other actions to support our positions.

View the papers on each topic by clicking on the header below. Check back later as we update these and post additional papers.

  • Absentee Voting

  • Auto Insurance Position Paper We support elimination of discriminatory practices by insurance companies.

  • Bail ReformThe League supports the urgent need for bail reform.

  • Coastal Zone Act of 1971 We support Strengthening Regulations Implementing the Coastal Zone Act of 1971.

  • Cigarette and E-Cigarette Tax The cigarette tax should be doubled and e-cigarettes should be taxed at the same rate.

  • Death Penalty Reinstatement We oppose Reinstatement of Delaware's Death Penalty.

  • Dental Care for Medicaid Recipients Dental Care is important to overall health.

  • DIMER Funding to secure slots for Delaware students at out-of-state Medical School supports availability of medical personnel since we have no medical schools in Delaware.

  • Earned Income Tax Credit The LWV supports making Delaware's EITC program refundable to target aid to some of the lowest-income workers and provide work incentives.

  • Homeless Bill of Rights We support Adoption of a Homeless Bill of Rights.

  • Human Trafficking We consider human trafficking to be a form of modern day slavery and believe that every measure should be taken and every effort should be made through legislation and changes in public policy to prevent human trafficking.

  • Manufactured Housing. Based on our support for affordable housing and "tenants" rights, we support legislation to improve the plight of manufactured homeowners on leased land.

  • Minimum Mandatory Sentencing Let's eliminate minimum mandatory sentences and adjust drug sentencing laws to fit the seriousness of the crime.

  • Minimum Wage LWVDE supports a minimum wage of up to $10.25 adopted in annual steps, indexing future increases to inflation, and raising the minimum wage for tipped workers beyond its current level of $2.23 per hour.

  • National Popular Vote LWVDE urges the General Assembly to join the National Popular Vote Compact.

  • Open Space and Agricultural Preservation We support full funding of $9 million for open space and $10 million for farmland preservation.

  • Special Education Funding for K-3 We support special education funding for grades K-3.

  • Transit Funding We support increased funding for public transportation.

  • Voting Machines and Paper Trail Delaware should adopt a system that leaves a paper trail to ensure that voters can see and have confidence in the integrity of the state's elections.

  • Wilmington Eduction Improvement Recommendations We support the Recommendations of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission addressing the urgent need for property tax reassessment and correction of the inequities in the school funding formula.

  • Work a Day, Earn a Pay We support a public works program aimed at unemployed, at-risk, and disadvantaged individuals with barriers to employment opportunities.

LWVUS Advocacy Focus

To learn about the priority national issues with which LWVUS is involved, go to LWV-Our Work.

If you would like to advocate on LWVUS positions at the national level, consider joining the LWVUS Grassroots Lobby Corps to receive email action alerts from the LWVUS and respond by sending quick, targeted, and sometimes last-minute, messages to members of Congress on priority issues before key votes. To get involved in this network, go to the League's website here. Provide your contact information and check Grassroots Lobby Corps.

The Lobby Handbook

The LWVDE produced The Lobby Handbook found here as a guide on how to conduct effective advocacy. It was 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 "uniqueness" and to become knowledgeable about and involved in your government.

The Lobby Handbook has been published by the Delaware Commission for Women where you can request paper copies by calling 302-577-7113 or emailing