SPAC - State Public Affairs Committee
What is SPAC?
Founded in 1970, SPAC is a statewide, non-partisan committee made up of representatives from each of the eight Junior Leagues in NJ who join together to take action on select state and national public issues. NJ SPAC advocates for initiatives and legislation to improve the quality of life for women and children; improve the quality of education; and improve the environment. SPAC represents a combined membership of 3,000 JL volunteers in NJ.
Upcoming SPAC Events:
Issues at the forefront of SPAC’s statewide efforts include human trafficking, umbilical cord blood donations, environmental issues, childhood obesity, and violence against women.
SPAC continues to focus on ending “modern-day slavery” by contributing as a core
member of the NJ statewide Human Trafficking Task Force (Office of the NJ Attorney General) and the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking. SPAC volunteers have supported comprehensive bills to levy additional fines for perpetrators of human trafficking, to support targeted survivor programs, and to designate January 11th as NJ Human Trafficking Awareness Day and January as NJ Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
In particular, SPAC’s efforts were recognized by Governor Christie in March, when he signed the Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection, and Treatment Act. Major features of this Act:
- Creates a Commission on Human Trafficking to review laws and enforcement and make recommendations to state policy makers;
- Establishes a ‘Human Trafficking Survivor’s Assistance Fund’ to provide victims’ services, promote awareness, and develop training and educational materials; increases both financial penalties and prison time for those who traffic individuals
Umbilical Cord Donations
We seek support a bill (A554/S1711) currently before the state legislature that would provide funding to operate and expand the NJ Cord Blood Bank (NJCBB). NJCBB is a leader in the field of umbilical cord blood banking to provide for non-controversial stem cell transplants, which treat 70 diseases, including sickle cell anemia and several types of cancer. The bill allocates 20% of the fee charged for birth certificates to support the NJCBB. SPAC has worked for several years to educate legislators and the general public about the value of a public cord blood bank not only for New Jersey residents, but for patients world-wide.
Environment/Safe Playing Fields Act
SPAC received an award from the NJ Environmental Federation for our work to swap out synthetic pesticides on school grounds/playing fields with alternatives that are safer for children. SPAC volunteers are working hard to pass the Safe Playing Fields Act (A2412/S1143) in New Jersey.
This Bill places new restrictions on the use of pesticides on elementary school and childcare center playgrounds and fields. It is unanimously endorsed by the Senate environmental committee. The Bill is also endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics NJ Chapter. The Bill passed the state Senate last year, but not the Assembly.
Violence Against Women
Combating violence against women has been a long-held position of SPAC along with supporting legislation that seeks to assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. SPAC is currently investigating other legislation that reflects the committee’s positions and continues to support legislative and community partners who advocate on behalf of women’s safety.
Current SPAC Team
Delegate A-Lindy Birch firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate B-Kelly Flaten email@example.com
Delegate C-Jen Groller firstname.lastname@example.org
SPAC Associate Delegates
Alyssa Bongiovanni email@example.com
Kate Calabro firstname.lastname@example.org
Meredith Derr email@example.com
Madi Grob firstname.lastname@example.org
Malinda Hamby email@example.com
Jennifer Harper firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandy St. Jacques email@example.com
Dara Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org
Alicia Ochs email@example.com
Meghan Perrin firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristen Rich Kristen.email@example.com
Please click here to read the SPAC team members bios.
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