Public Affairs

Junior Leagues of Florida State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC)

The Junior Leagues of Florida State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) has been the advocacy arm for the 25 Junior Leagues of Florida for the past 40 years.

The Junior Leagues of Florida have influenced many political policies over the years, including bicycle helmets for children under 16, the Environmental Growth Management Act of 1995, the ‘911’ Emergency Medical System, child abuse, domestic violence, juvenile justice and education.

Each year, SPAC monitors the state legislative process and addresses issues of importance to its Junior League members. Locally, SPAC supports the current Junior League of Jacksonville priority projects through legislative, education, and advocacy efforts.

2015-2016 Initiatives

The Public Affairs committee resolved to support Fresh Minds at the local level by focusing on food policy. Specifically, by supporting HB 153 Healthy Food Financing through an advocacy campaigned aimed at local stakeholders, JL of Jacksonville members and members of the Duval Delegation. In addition, JL of Jacksonville spearheaded the first community partnership meeting for food security, accessibility and nutrition with more than 15 organizations coming together to build relationships and programs for Northeast Florida families. 

2014-2015 Updates

The Junior League of Jacksonville hosted the Florida State Public Affairs Summer Conference, focused on supporting efforts to elect more women to city council in Duval County, and successfully advocated for stricter laws against human trafficking.

2011-2012 Legislative Priorities

At the Florida State Public Affairs Committee’s Fall Conference, Junior League representatives from across Florida voted to determine the priorities for the 2011 Legislative Session including foster care, cybercrimes and booster seat restraints

2010-2011 SPAC Capitol Day

Capitol Day was a huge success. JLJ members attended a breakfast, SPAC Board Meeting, and luncheon with Sen. John Thrasher (R-Jacksonville). In the afternoon, JLJ members met with Rep. Marti Coley (R-Marianna), Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness) and Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D-Tallahassee) to encourage their support of SPAC’s legislative priorities.

Helpful Links

Florida Legislature Website: www.leg.state.fl.us

SPAC Website: www.jlflspac.org

Governor’s Website: www.flgov.com

Florida Secretary of State Website: www.dos.state.fl.us