Hearing On Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Hits Bit Of A Snag

Sep 24, 2013

A widely-anticipated hearing on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law may have hit a bit of a snag.

Shalimar Republican Representative Matt Gaetz outlined plans Tuesday for the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. It’s a committee he chairs and he says its main goal is holding a hearing on Stand Your Ground.

“Item number one is listed as number one because it’s the only project that Speaker Weatherford has given us and that is the application of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law,” said Gaetz.

But following the meeting, Gaetz said the hearing wouldn’t happen as soon as he’d planned because a Tallahassee House member who’s been critical of the law couldn’t participate.

“Well, I was planning on having the Stand Your Ground hearing next month and Representative Alan Williams is apparently the only person who sponsored a bill so far on the Stand Your Ground issue, and apparently, he’s not going to be in town. So, we have to work around the schedule of Representative Williams,” he added.

Gaetz says he’s currently working with Williams to hold the hearing before the end of December. Among those expected to attend are the so-called Dream Defenders, the group that protested at the Capitol for a month because Governor Rick Scott would not call a special session to overhaul the law.

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