Since 1963, the nonprofit Delaware League of Local Governments (DLLG) has worked in a nonpartisan role on behalf of Delaware's villages, towns, cities, and counties. Each year, the Delaware's 57 municipalities and three counties make substantial financial commitments to administer a wide array of services on behalf of the state. Our member localities look to the General Assembly as a partner to meet the challenges of governing.
DLLG serves as a unified voice that advocates for direct aid and support for core local government services provided by communities in Delaware. The League's overall legislative objective is to present our members' points of view to the Delaware General Assembly, to secure the most favorable circumstances for the operation of local governments, to guard against preemption, and protect the freedom of municipalities and counties to choose how to serve the needs of their diverse communities best. DLLG's advocacy efforts are focused on a single goal: Building strong communities in Delaware.
DLLG advocates for:
DLLG's advocacy program is supported by its Legislative Relations Consultant Lincoln Willis, and the work of its Legislative Advocacy Committee (LAC), which is comprised of local government administrators, policy directors, mayors, and other elected officials. LAC meets regularly during the legislative session to discuss issues facing Delaware's local governments, analyze bill content, develop DLLG's position/stance on proposed legislation, and to strengthen state-local partnerships.
DLLG's Legislative Relations Consultant and Executive Director work with the LAC to:
Delaware Local Government Day is planned annually in collaboration with Delaware's Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long and her leadership team. It provides an opportunity for local officials to informally engage with the Lt. Governor, Governor/Governor's Office, and members of the Delaware General Assembly.
View the Video of the May 11, 2023 Delaware Local Government Day
View the Video of the May 12, 2022 Delaware Local Government Day