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The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

LWV NCC Positions

Positions adopted by the League of Women Voters of New Castle County are available to read in PDF format. In addition, all positions adopted by the League of Women Voters of Delaware, as well as those adopted by the League of Women Voters of the United States, apply also to the League of Women Voters of New Castle County.

Below is a summary of LWVNCC Positions:

GOVERNMENT

Support of programs and policies which promote ethical, efficient and effective government.

  • Revenue Structure - Support for fiscal measures to provide revenue sufficient for essential government services for the entire county, including municipalities such as the Cities of Wilmington and Newark which serve the County.

NATURAL RESOURCES/ENERGY

Support of policies that protect air and water quality and remedy solid waste and hazardous waste problems in New Castle County.

Support of policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase renewable resources and energy efficiency in New Castle County.

The Environmental Committee's 2017-2019 program is focused on sea level rise, fracking, statewide climate change goals, carbon pricing, air, water, solid waste/hazardous waste, and recycling.

LAND USE/TRANSPORTATION

The Land Use/Transportation Committee subscribes to the LWVDE positions on land use and transportation which support reducing transportation-generated greenhouse gas emissions by land use planning based on a neighborhood design model. Particular interest is currently focused on the Coastal Zone Act, with input from the Environmental Committee.

The League supports a balanced, multi-modal transportation system interconnected with land use and based on inter-jurisdictional coordination.

SOCIAL POLICY

  • Urban Health - Support the improvement of the quality of urban life by encouraging citizen input and review of the economic, environmental, and service development and regulation in the towns and cities.

  • Needle Exchange Programs - Support for comprehensive needle exchange programs, which also offer education and referrals to appropriate services, as part of a public health effort to reduce the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.

  • Housing - Support for measures to assure equal housing opportunities and decent, affordable housing in the incorporated and unincorporated areas of New Castle County.

  • Library Services - Support for a county-wide public library system, efficiently managed and adequately funded to provide library services for the citizens of New Castle County.

  • Public School Libraries - Support policies and funding for public school library media centers that promote their central role in providing equal opportunity for all children to achieve educational excellence.

LWVDE Positions

Below is a summary of Positions adopted by the League of Women Voters of Delaware. For a paper detailing these positions, visit the LWVDE website - Policy Positions page.

STATE GOVERNMENT

  • Delaware General Assembly - Support of measures to promote a more effective and responsive legislative branch of state government, including strengthening the committee system and use of the budgetary process to review and evaluate state programs.

  • Ethics - Support of ethics legislation in the areas of campaign finance, conflict of interest, financial disclosure and lobbying disclosure.

  • Delaware State Constitution - Support of a Constitution for the State of Delaware which would be confined to broad principles and would promote more efficient and responsive government.

  • Public/Private Partnerships - Support the use of public/private partnerships by governments in Delaware if a project can be better undertaken with public/private cooperation. Public input, careful controls and adequate safeguards need to be part of these partnerships.

  • Reapportionment/Redistricting - Support for an open unbiased process for reapportionment and redistricting with opportunities for public participation.

SOCIAL POLICY

  • Justice System - Support for the adoption of consistent policies which, within budgetary constraints, will permit the disposition of offenders in the best interests of society, the victim(s), and the offenders and their families. We oppose mandatory sentencing. We support the expansion of drug courts and mental health courts for all nonviolent offenders and the appropriate science based health and mental health treatment of all offenders.

  • Family Court, Related State Programs for Children, Domestic Violence - Support of uniformity in operation of the Family Court system; automatic expungement of certain juvenile records; state provided diagnostic services, care, education and treatment to age 21 for youths and young adults who have mental or physical illness or who are developmentally delayed or are substance abusers or abused/neglected; strong educational programs on the rights of victims of family violence.

  • Before and After School Child Care - Support for state government involvement in encouraging, establishing and/or supporting child care programs.

  • Financing Public Education - Support for methods of financing public education that will promote equal opportunity for quality education and improve both the local districts' and state's budgeting while maintaining a high level of local control.

  • Gun Control - Protect the health and safety of citizens through limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semiautomatic weapons. Support regulation of firearms for consumer safety. (LWVUS position applies)

  • Needle Exchange Programs - Support for comprehensive needle exchange programs, which also offer education and referrals to appropriate services, as part of a public health effort to reduce the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.

  • Public School Libraries - Support policies and funding for public school library media centers that promote their central role in providing equal opportunity for all children to achieve educational excellence.

NATURAL RESOURCES

  • Renewable Energy Portfolio - Support for an increase in the percentage of renewable energy sources in Delaware's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) provided that they: have minimum environmental impact; use the best current technology as measured by reliability, proven effectiveness, and being state-of-the-art; have long range cost effectiveness including all net costs such as health and environmental costs, state and federal subsidies, and price stability.

  • Transmission and Distribution - Support for maximizing the development and delivery of renewable energy to Delaware when designing and developing new transmission plans for the region. See the 2010 LWVDE energy consensus study for more details.

  • Climate Change - Support for an aggressive and comprehensive energy use/climate change plan for Delaware. See the 2011 LWVDE climate change consensus study for more details.

  • Coastal Zone - Support for Coastal Zone planning which considers the best possible outcome for people, the land, and the coastal environment.

  • Critical Land Areas - Support for preservation and/or protection of certain critical areas (ecologically fragile estuaries and coastal areas, farmland, flood plain, aquifers, and natural areas); erosion and sedimentation controls; and coordination among all levels of government in decisions involving major facilities.

  • Farmland - Support of a farmland preservation program.

LAND USE/TRANSPORTATION

  • Support of the regulation of growth and optimum use of land through comprehensive planning policy. Monitoring of land use policies and procedures and their relationship to human needs, population trends, transportation planning, and ecological and socioeconomic factors. Encouragement of continuing cooperation among governmental agencies.

  • Support of a balanced, intermodal transportation system interconnected with land use and based on interagency and inter-jurisdictional coordination.

  • Support reducing transportation-generated greenhouse gas emissions by wiser land use planning and by enhancing public transit options. See the 2011 LWVDE land use/transportation consensus study for more details.

LWVUS Positions

Policy positions developed by LWVUS following study and consensus can be used for advocacy at the state and local levels. These positions are detailed in a publication called Impact on Issues. that is organized in four sections:
  • Representative Government - Promote an open governmental system that is representative, accountable and responsive.
  • International Relations - Promote peace in an interdependent world by working cooperatively with other nations and strengthening international organizations.
  • Natural Resources - Promote an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest.
  • Social Policy - Secure equal rights and equal opportunity for all. Promote social and economic justice and the health and safety of all Americans.