Delaware’s Legislative Process – Session 3

By Ben Snow, Class III Fellow


Class III Fellow, Ben Snow

Our third session of LEADelaware  was February 6 – 7 and focused on legislation.  We started with an overview of the public policy process.  We then had legislators and lobbyists come and speak to us about both sides of legislature. This included learning about giving testimony to state legislators, the functions of a lobbyist, and the challenges of becoming a legislator.

We also heard from Jonathan Russ, a State Government Historian, and learned a lot of interesting facts about the DuPont family and how they both grew their company and gave back generously to the state in different ways.

We ended our first day by giving presentations on possible destinations for our international trip, which included rating each country on different criteria.

The second day started with the first three leadership book reviews, which were given by Jimmy Hughes, Lauren Torres, and myself.  We then had a very nice tour of legislative hall and heard about the origins and history of the legislative halls in Delaware and also about how the house and senate operate during sessions.

Our last guest was Dan Shortridge from the DDA who spoke to us about working with the media and how to effectively write a press release. We formed groups to do another argument clinic this time revolving around Jayson Lusk’s Food Police.

We ended session 3 by going over the scores for our international trip options and settled on New Zealand.  This session was very interesting in that we were able to see the different sides of legislature that we may not have had to opportunity to see otherwise.

LEADelaware’s Session IV will take place March 12 – 14 in Washington DC. Check back for updates from that trip.

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Session III Photos

LEADelaware Class III at Legislative Hall

LEADelaware Class III at Legislative Hall

On February 6-7 the LEADelaware Class III held its third session. The topic was public policy in the state of Delaware. The group learned about writing policy, FOIA rules, historical Delaware leaders, giving testimony, how to work with the media and more.



They also enjoyed a panel of legislators to talk about how they got started and a panel of lobbyists discussing their roles in public policy.

Check back later to get a recap from one of our LEAD fellows. Click here to see a photo set from the session.

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Busy January for Fellows

It was a busy January for many of the LEADelaware Fellows. They had the opportunity to meet the author of The Food Police, Jayson Lusk at a seminar at University of Delaware. Many fellows also attended the Agriculture Industry Dinner at Dover Downs.

LEADelaware, Class III, Jayson Lusk, Food Police

LEADelaware Class III fellows with author Jayson Lusk.

LEADelaware, Class III, agriculture

LEADelaware Class III Fellows enjoy the 2014 Ag Industry Dinner in January. L to R: Lauren Torres, Philip Dukes, Ben Coverdale, Lynda Wright, Trudy Kruger and Jimmy Hughes.

LEADelaware, Class III, Philip Dukes, Agriculture Dinner

LEADelaware Class III Fellow Philip Dukes meets Governor Markell at Ag Industry Dinner.

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Challenges & Opportunities – Session 2

TrudyCalfBy Trudy Kruger, Class III Fellow

After some review, updates and follow-up from the instructors, Holly started us off with “Tips on Effective Presentation Skills.” She said that we teach presentation skills because we are going to be presenting in our jobs and communities.  Important points were to know your topic and goals, and to know your audience.  In the introductory speech, it is very important to tell about yourself and your credibility.  Do not be afraid to say “I do not know”.  Holly is the expert on giving presentations today.  The most important thing about your presentation is the way you say it; the tone of your voice and the volume is important for speakers.

We transitioned over to the presentation by David Small, Deputy Secretary (DNREC). He spoke about turning challenges into opportunities for Delaware’s environment.  A very informative speech about air and water quality in our area by describing the impurities in the air causing air pollution and affecting cover crops and watersheds.  He also referred to cost share programs and more grants for infrastructure and how they plan for the future.

We moved on to the overview of Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation and Delaware Young Farmer’s Program.  This was a panel of three speakers: Austin Short and Bob Garey, committee member of Ag Preservation Program; and Robbie Emerson, a Delaware farmer who is in the Young Farmer’s Program.  Austin Short spoke about the Ag Preservation Program and how it allows and keeps Delaware farm land in farming.  Bob Garey spoke about the funding for the Delaware Ag Preservation Program.  Farmers want their land in this program to help protect the future of farming with the hopes that young people will continue the traditions of farming.  Delaware young farmer Robbie Emerson spoke about his participation in the Young Farmer’s Program.  He spoke about the challenges and experiences he had starting his own farm through the program.  These programs are very valuable to the state of Delaware because it is an investment in the control of growth in open spaces.

We enjoyed a great lunch sponsored by DDA.  Then we formed three groups to participate in an argument clinic through a structured Public Forum debate about the Health and Safety of GMO Foods.  A great Public Forum Debate was done by three groups as follows:  Group 1. Safe Food and Grain Alliance; Group 2. CPA (Concerned Parents of America); Group 3. The Science Alliance. With persistence, the arguments were made and the session was enjoyed by all the fellows.

After a short break, we focused on our International Trip.  We were given questions to start the thinking of the location and dynamics involved.  Then we did a type of affinity diagram working in silence raising our own questions and concerns about the trip.  The fellows will start to brainstorm certain locations and do a 10 minute presentation in February on the countries assigned.  Tom did a wonderful presentation on Making Sense of Data – statistics!  We did our best to  understand the new concepts that he presented.

Finally, the last speaker was Mark Davis, with DDA.  He spoke about proposed legislation from Ag tourism, Ag land Preservation, the right to farm, and others. Holly assigned the start of the legislative project with the fellows picking a current piece of legislation to follow.  In February, March and April, they will give a brief update on what is happening with their legislation.

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Love People


At our session two weeks ago, farmer, active Board member and retired teacher, Mr. Bob Garey, was asked to participate on a panel discussing the Delaware Ag Land Preservation and Young Farmer programs. After the panel, Bob shared some other leadership tips he had learned throughout his years to the fellows.

  • Love people – it’s important to really like being around people, in order to be effective in this world. No one can accomplish anything without help from other people so be sure to make connections and be thankful for those that help you, and then return the gesture by helping other people that you are able to support.
  • Positive attitude – no matter what, try to have a good attitude about things. That good attitude will be picked up by those around you and make tough tasks easier
  • Find the right people – you when are working with the right people, you can accomplish anything; if you don’t have the right people, you may need to look for others
  • Get people to pull together in the same direction – when everyone is going in the same direction, it is hard to stop a group
  • Everyone is important – no matter the person’s ability, everyone can have an important role in life and it is important to make them feel that way
  • Expect a lot – you will get the results that you expect of people, so expect a lot from them and you won’t be disappointed
  • Compliments are important – deserved compliments are priceless, but don’t give too many unwarranted ones – it will dilute the deserved ones
  • Roll with the punches – things are going to happen, go with it – that’s life
  • Define the foul line – make sure everyone knows the rules and warn people right away when they are breaking or crossing the rules
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