The Government Affairs committee helps the Junior League take action on select non-partisan issues at the state and local levels that affect our members and the community at large.
Our key objectives are to educate our members about those important issues affecting our local communities, build awareness of the Junior League with local officials and legislators, and inform League members of the legislative process and how to influence legislation.
In order to accomplish our objectives, each of the Michigan Junior Leagues participates in the Michigan State Council of Junior Leagues’ State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC), contributing financial and volunteer support. SPAC reviews proposed legislation affecting issues of interest to League members related to the issues of foster care reform and anti-human trafficking measures, along with identifying areas of need where we might initiate legislation. SPAC is a model for other leagues across The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. and we are the go-to Leagues for information on how to proactively influence legislation at AJLI conferences.
SPAC has a nearly thirty-year relationship with Capitol Services, a Lansing-based woman-owned lobbying firm that helps us monitor legislation of interest. Capitol Services representatives provide informative updates on the status of bills to SPAC members at the monthly SPAC meetings.