What's Coming Up and Announcements
August Hot Topic - Climate Change
The public is invited to all Hot Topic meetings to become informed on a wide variety of topics. This is a time to check in with members of LWV, make new friends, invite your neighbors, and colleagues to experience the League in an informal setting.
This August hot topic will be an informal discussion of Al Gore's new climate change movie, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017)". The movie is playing at the Brandywine Regal Cinema through Thursday August 24.
Check the movie times on Fandango, and go see it on your own or with friends. Then come to one of our two Hot Topic discussion sessions to talk about it...
- HOT TOPIC LUNCH Monday August 28th, 11:30 a.m. at Michaels Restaurant in Christiana
- HOT TOPIC EVENING Tuesday August 29th, 6:30 p.m. at McGlynns Pub on Polly Drummond
At Michaels, $15 paid at the time of the luncheon covers the buffet lunch, beverage and tip. (Cash is preferred if at all possible.) Please RSVP to Letty Diswood
by Saturday, August 26 so we can let the restaurant know how many to expect. If you haven't made a reservation, please come anyway!
At McGlynns, everyone will order their own drinks and/or food as desired. It should be a great evening! Please RSVP to Kim Wells. If you haven't reserved, please come anyway... but check with Kim first as the location may change (depending on the number of attendees).
Check our calendar page for restaurant locations and directions.
TED Talks - Neighborhood Hosts
Are you familiar with TED Talks? These are 20-minute online videos of fabulous speakers on a wide variety of inspirational topics. LWVNCC is considering having small, local group viewings and discussions of selected TED talks in for League members around New Castle county.
If you would like to host TED viewings in your neighborhood, either at your home or at a local pub or café, please contact Marj Johnson or any board member.
Social Media Training?
Did you know that League of Women Voters of Delaware is on Facebook? You can like, follow or join the group at facebook.com/groups/LWVDE
Social Media is a bit of a mystery to many of us. Who can see my Facebook posts? How can we make our Facebook group more dynamic? What is the difference between Twitter and Instagram? Should the League be using these for outreach?
LWVNCC is considering hosting either a single Hot Topic meeting, or perhaps a series of free training sessions, on Social Media topics. If you would be interested in either attending or helping teach at these sessions, please contact our webmaster (Kim Wells), so we can gauge the interest level of our membership.
September Great Decisions - Latin America
The Great Decisions discussion group will hold monthly sessions through the end of the year at the Newark public library. On September 18 at 1:30 pm, Meta Little will lead the group on the "Latin America's Political Pendulum
In June, Dubravka Morgan led the group on the "Geopolitics of Energy" topic. Photos of this session are available on Flickr.
Watch our calendar page for future Great Decision discussions. Upcoming topics include
- Latin America's Political Pendulum (September),
- Afghanistan and Pakistan (October), and
- Nuclear Security (November).
Contact Vicky Kleinman
for more information about the Great Decision discussion group.
New LWVNCC Board Elected in May 2017
The League of Women Voters of New Castle County (LWVNCC) elected a new slate of officers and board members at their Annual Meeting on May 22, 2017. See the About LWV
page for a current Board of Directors listing. The new team will serve for two years, for the 2017-2019 leadership cycle.
New President Marjorie Johnson issued the following message for members...
"Hello! I am Marj Johnson, your new president of the New Castle County League of Women Voters. While I have a lot to learn, it is a privilege to serve you. Thank you to all of you who volunteered to be on our Board: Patti Christopher, Carmela Longobardi, Katharine Olinchak, Sarah Bucic, Joann Hasse, Lorraine S. Botticelli, Moonyeen (Kloppy) Klopfenstein, Barbara Mobarak, Bea Webb, Fay Whittle.
It is an extraordinary board with new and "seasoned" talent, new perspectives and new energy, and I look forward to working with them. I also look forward to getting to know many more of our membership and I am hoping you will find new ways of becoming involved in whatever area speaks to your passions.
At our annual meeting, the membership in attendance developed several areas they would like to see addressed in the coming year. Perhaps some of them will speak to you."
(Content omitted... please see the June 2017 Newsletter for the full list of ideas)
"As you can see, we have a lot facing us in the coming year. We can use all the help we can get to address the above issues, in addition to the ongoing areas that the League is invested in. So, please volunteer, share your thoughts, create ideas, and broadcast all that the League does to your friends and those you meet wherever you are."
Delaware's 2017 Legislative Session
The Delaware General Assembly wrapped up 2017 proceedings in overtime on Sunday, July 2nd.
Many important bills won't be considered until the 2016-1018 session
resumes in January, 2018
(if they reach the floor at all).
Contact your legislators on issues that you feel strongly about;
democracy requires participation!
Some of the more notable current Delaware bills are listed below:
- HS1 for HB 1 ("House Substitute 1 for House Bill 1") - Prohibits employers from requiring job applicants to provide their wage history. SIGNED into law 6/14/17. LWVDE supported this bill.
- HB 5 - Would have added an equal rights amendment to the Delaware Constitution. DEFEATED in House 6/13/17. LWVDE supported this bill.
- HB 110 - Would legalize marijuana for recreational use. On the House READY LIST as of 5/10/17 (no vote has been taken). LWVDE has taken no position on this bill.
- HB 125 - Would re-instate the death penalty in Delaware. Passed House 5/9/17, assigned to Judicial & Community Affairs COMMITTEE in Senate. LWVDE strongly opposes this bill.
- HB 160 - End of Life Options (death with dignity, similar to the current Oregon law). On the House READY LIST (no vote has been taken). LWVDE has taken no position on this bill.
- HB 190 - Modifies the original 1971 Coastal Zone Act to allow re-use of grandfathered sites by heavy industry. Passed House 6/20/17, passed Senate 6/29/17, EXPECTED TO BE SIGNED into law. LWVDE strongly opposes this bill.
- HB 204 - Would implement bail reform. Passed House 6/27/17, on Senate READY LIST. LWVDE supports this bill.
- HB 213 - Would allow school districts to raise taxes by 3% every 2 years without referendum. Assigned to Education Committee in House. LWVDE has not yet taken a position on this bill.
- SS1 for SB 5 ("Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 5") - Removes old, unenforceable anti-abortion language from DE state code to officially allow abortions in Delaware. Passed and SIGNED into law on 6/8/17. LWVDE supported this bill.
- SB 9 - Would implement a "Work a Day, Earn a Pay" program. Passed Senate 6/30/17, will be assigned to COMMITTEE in House. LWVDE supports this bill.
- SB 10 - Would increase the DE minimum wage by 50 cents a year each year through 2020. On Senate READY LIST (no vote has been taken). LWVDE supports this bill.
- SB 27 - Would establish an independent redistricting commission in Delaware (to help fight gerrymandering). Passed Senate 4/5/17, assigned to House Administration COMMITTEE. LWVDE supports this bill. Redistricting is a priority in the LWVUS Making Democracy Work® campaign.
- SB 49 - Is a "Homeless Individual's Bill of Rights". Assigned to Judicial & Community Affairs COMITTEE in Senate. LWVDE supports this bill.
- SB 65 - Would ban "conversion therapy" which attempts to convert a person's sexual orientation. Passed by Senate 5/17/17, on House READY LIST as of 6/7/17. LWVDE supports this bill.
In the area of voting and elections
, HB 47
removes the notary requirement for DE absentee ballots, HB 63
would allow no-excuse absentee voting, HB 89
would change the date of the Delaware's primary elections, and HB 90
would provide for early voting.
is related to campaign finance reform; it would require disclosing donors' employer and occupation.
Of these, only HB 47 has so far been passed by both houses so that it may become law.
In all, the LWVDE Advocacy Corps is currently supporting, opposing, or monitoring over 85 active bills in the areas of Education, Environment, Health, Housing, Justice, Land Use & Transportation, Social Policy, and Voting / Elections / Govt.
Go to legis.delaware.gov to find a full listing of bills and resolutions and their current status, as well as your legislators' contact information, and legislative committee member lists. Delaware legislation more often dies in committee than any other fate.