Founded in 1971, the State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) is a non-partisan education and advocacy organization representing nearly 10,000 women statewide. They advocate for policies that improve the lives of California women, children and families.
SPAC’s advocacy efforts are targeted to legislation within the following focus areas, which reflect the focus areas of the 17 participating Junior Leagues of California:
EDUCATION: ensuring that all children and young adults receive educational opportunities that are developmentally appropriate, increase achievement, and lead to workplace marketability.
FAMILY SUPPORT: advocating for programs and policies that promote the physical and emotional well-being of all families.
HEALTH: advocating for better access to quality health care and prevention programs that will improve mental and physical health of our community members.
VIOLENCE PREVENTION: addressing the impact of violence in our communities through prevention, intervention and education.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING: ending human trafficking in all its forms. CalSPAC supports policies and programs that stop human trafficking, advocate for victims, and educate the community at large.
There Ought to be a Law!
Every year, the State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) representatives from 17 Junior League chapters in California meet to review all of the suggestions presented by members from across the state. As a group, we decide which idea to sponsor as a piece of original legislation in California, and contact our legislators to act accordingly.
California SPAC Sponsored Legislation
CalSPAC co-sponsored AB 2035 with CAST-LA authored by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (Arcata). AB 2035 passed both the California State Senate and Assembly with unanimous bipartisan support. It would have protected both labor and sex trafficked youth including providing training and support to group home administrators since so many of these vulnerable youth are susceptible to trafficking.
Despite an overwhelming grassroots campaign from our member leagues and coalition partners – Governor Jerry Brown ultimately vetoed the bill. He issued a statement acknowledging that this year’s budget provides funding for minor sex trafficking victims and directed the Department of Social Services to convene stakeholders to “curb the tragedy of young people forced to work under illegal and unacceptable conditions”. Conversions with DSS have already underway and we remain committed to continuing to advocate, educate and work to stop human trafficking.
Click HERE to see a complete list of CalSPAC sponsored legislation.
Who Represents You?
|U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer|
|U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein|
|Senate Majority Leader, Ellen Corbett, District 10|
|Senator Lois Wolk, District 3|
|Senator Steven Glazer, District 7|
|Senator Loni Hancock, District 9|
|Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, 14th District|
|Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, 15th District|
|Assemblymember Catharine Baker, 16th District|
|Assemblymember Rob Bonta, 18th District|
|Assemblymember Bill Quirk, 20th District|
Learn more about your California Assembly members and Senators HERE.