State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC)

The Junior Leagues of Florida State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) has been the advocacy arm of the Junior Leagues of Florida for nearly 40 years, monitoring the state legislative process and addressing issues of political importance to our members.

The State of Florida boasts 25 Junior Leagues, with combined membership of over 11,000 women. Each Florida Junior League that chooses to participate in the advocacy process sends delegates to state meetings and conferences throughout the year to research and debate the issues of the day, and then:

  1. Advocate for specific legislation at the state and national levels that is relevant to our key issue areas
  2. Educate our member Leagues about advocacy and public policy
  3. Coordinate the exchange of information from community-based League projects to policymakers
The update from the SPAC 2017 Winter Conference is available here.

SPAC top state legislative priorities 

SPAC takes action on state and national issues that affect our projects, priority issue areas and communities primarily by supporting legislation that they have identified as being critical to the work of our member Leagues, their community partners, and the lives of Florida women, children and families. Legislation that aligns with our Position Statements are selected, which are reviewed and updated annually.

Governor Scott Signs Legislation to Fight Human Trafficking

March 8, 2016: Governor Rick Scott signed HB 545 into law which establishes harsher penalties for individuals who commit human trafficking and protects victimized children from being convicted for criminal charges.

Find a Florida State Legislator

www.leg.state.fl.us -Florida State Legislature official website -provides information about our legislators

http://www.flsenate.gov/data/publications/general/Senate/Administrative/sdir.pdf
Downloadable link to the State Senate Directory

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/htmlcontainer.aspx?DocumentType=House Directory&DisplayTitle=House Directory&FileName=house directory.htm
Downloadable link to the State House Directory


Write a letter to your legislator

Personal letters from constituents can impact a legislator's decision regarding an issue. Personal letters show you really care about the issue. Mail, fax or e-mail the letter, but remember if time is short, a fax or email works best.

To make your letter effective:

• Keep it short. Be concise and limit your letter to one or two pages.
• Use the correct title, address, and salutation, and remember to use spell check after completing your letter.

For Representative: For Senator:
The Honorable John Q. Smith The Honorable John Q. Smith
Florida House of Representatives Florida State Senate
111 Address 111 Address
Tallahassee, FL 32399 Tallahassee, FL 32399
Dear Representative Smith: Dear Senator Smith: 



Identify yourself. Let your legislator know that you are a constituent, and a member of the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale.

Be polite. Like most of us, legislators will respond better to positive communication. Start by recognizing their support on other legislation and/or of the League.

Explain your position. Talk about why the legislation is important to the League and what impact it has. Include the League recommendations in your letter.

Request a reply to your letter. Be clear about what you would like your legislator to do.  For example: vote for a piece of legislation, co-sponsor legislation, or offer an amendment. 

Establish yourself as a resource. As a member of the League, let them know they can contact you if they need additional information. You can always contact the SPAC President or Executive Committee if they have questions you cannot answer.

Write legibly. Handwritten letters can be as persuasive as typed letters, but your handwriting must be legible. Generally, writing in a professional capacity related to your employment lends credibility. If your letter is part of a letter-writing campaign, a handwritten letter gives the appearance of a grassroots "ordinary citizen" communication, rather than a communication from a "special interest group."


Helpful public affairs links

SPAC website link - information about all aspects of SPAC

- Florida Secretary of State Website- information about voter registration, election dates, elected officials and candidates, and poll locations

Direct link to information on how to register to vote

Florida State Legislature official website - information about our legislature

Florida Governor Rick Scott website

Identify and contact your elected officials at all levels of government

Project Vote Smart website - compiles information about candidates and elected officials, including biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances, and interest group ratings

Rock the Vote Register to vote online

Florida's Chapter of the League of Women Voters

Great website for Florida statistics/policy - run by Kaiser - click on Florida and follow links for information