Social Policy Committee

Social Policy Committee

A brand new committee has formed!  The Social Policy Committee is studying relevant social issues and pending social policy legislation, and will determine how to provide information to the public about these matters.  All interested league members are invited to join!  Your input and expertise are needed.

The new committee is a result of member interest in exploring topics of concern to the group and those related to the positions of the League of Women Voters.  A core group met on March 8 to begin this work.  The committee has held several times since.   

Death with Dignity 

The group considered and discussed a study developed by the Utah League (entitled Death with Dignity) which presents reasoning related to whether state law should grant the option for a terminally ill person to request assistance from a relevant, qualified physician to terminate one's life.  Safeguards for the dying and/or medical personnel are a part of this position.  The Delaware State League has requested that local Leagues study this proposal to determine whether a concurrent stance should be taken by Delaware in support of the Utah position.  

Results of the League of Women Voters of Utah study on Death with Dignity can be found here. 

The Social Policy Committee presented a program on April 1st on the proposed action in the Delaware  legislature regarding the provision of medical aid in dying.  Maria Spencer, Eastern Regional Campaign Manager for Compassion and Choices provided information regarding the Ron Silverio/Heather Block End of Life Options Act.  

Education Funding in Delaware

The committee is planning a Fall forum on how Education is funded in Delaware.   They will explore the process for financing public schools, and examine the needs and issues in Sussex County. 

Next Meeting

The next committee meeting will be held on Thursday, June 27 from 10 AM- noon at the Milton Library.  As always, new committee members are welcome!!   

  • If you would like to attend, contact Janet Ambrose (Committee chair) to RSVP.
  • If you are not able to attend this meeting, but have interest in future meetings of the Social Policy Committee, please let Janet know.  

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