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Florida lawmkers being polled on special session for "Stand Your Ground"

4:41 PM, Aug 13, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Local lawmakers are weighing in on holding a special session to revisit Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law.

In a seldom used law, 33 lawmakers petitioned for a special  session which  triggered a provision that all lawmakers must go on record on whether they are "for" or "against" a special session.  

In order for lawmakers to call their own special session, 96 must vote in favor.  That could prove difficult according to legislative experts since no Republican lawmakers got on board with original petition.

On the First Coast, three Democratic lawmakers favor a special session.  Representatives Mia Jones and Reggie Fullwood along with State Senator Audrey Gibson support calling all lawmakers together.

Republican Representative Janet Adkins according to her office is "reviewing" the matter.  Senator Aaron Bean says a special session is "expensive and not needed." 

Representative Charles McBurney also plans to vote "no" on the call for a special session.

Other local lawmakers did not respond to a request on where they stand.

Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law affords a person a defense in using deadly force if they reasonably believe their lives are in danger.

For the past month, a group known as the "Dream Defenders" has held a sit in at the governor's office to draw attention to the law.  Governor Rick Scott has repeatedly said he would not call a special session.    

Lawmakers have until August 19 to state publicly whether or not they want to hold a special session.

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