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A couple of NRA-backed priorities died in the Florida Senate Thursday. The issues centered around one bill that that would allow people to legally carry a concealed weapon without a permit during a mandatory evacuation and another issue relating to tweaking Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

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Capital Report: 04-14-2014

Apr 14, 2014

There are classic conflicts all over the place….between nations….between spouses….and between local and state governments.  Every year Florida lawmakers come to Tallahassee and some of the bills they back would reduce the authority of cities and counties.  At the same time, these local governments mount defensive strategies to stave off what they see as improper power grabs by state government.  Lynn Hatter’s been following the latest tussle in Tallahassee..

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Is a measure aiming to tweak Florida’s Stand Your Ground law dead this year? While some believe that effort is over, others—including the law’s main author—don’t seem to think so.

Last month, a proposal aimed at tweaking the controversial law began to move again, when it passed the Senate Criminal Justice Committee—the bill’s second stop.

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The bipartisan bill to tweak Florida’s Stand Your Ground law appears stalled in the Florida Senate. And, several groups, including the so-called Dream Defenders, joined the measure’s author in calling for further discussion to changing the controversial law.

Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith has been working side by side with Altamonte Springs Republican Senator David Simmons in trying to make changes to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

Smith says the legislation is needed to address some of the recent decisions associated with the law.

Capital Report: 04-11-2014

Apr 11, 2014

The House has moved ahead with its plans to expand the state’s corporate tax scholarship program, over the objections of the Senate. Lynn Hatter reports the lower chamber hopes by tying the expansion to another bill and watering it down, the Senate will be more likely to take it up.

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The so-called “Warning Shot” bill is heading to the Governor’s desk, after the Senate passed the measure Thursday. But, debate grew heated as some Democrats tried—and failed—to amend the bill.

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While the "warning shot" bill got teed up for a vote in the Senate, a couple of gun-related measures have already passed the full House as of Thursday. But after a dust-up between lawmakers, a revived attempt to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law failed again.

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State Attorneys say they’re against Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.  At least one of those prosecutors says he’s also dead set against the so-called bipartisan tweak bill now moving in the Senate.

Tallahassee State Attorney Willie Meggs is railing against an NRA-backed provision in the bill that he insists would “make a bad policy a lot worse.” He says he opposes Stand Your Ground because Florida residents no longer feel they have the duty to retreat in a situation that could call for it.

Capital Report: 03-18-2014

Mar 18, 2014

State Attorneys say they’re against Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.  At least one of those prosecutors says he’s also dead set against the so-called bipartisan tweak bill now moving in the Senate. As Sascha Cordner reports, he’s railing against an NRA-backed provision in the bill that he insists would “make a bad policy a lot worse”.  Meanwhile, there are worries the issue may cause a squabble among Legislative Republicans.

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A bill allowing someone to threaten to use force in a situation where they feel threatened without fear of prosecution is expected to be discussed on the Senate Floor this week.  And, the so-called “warning shot” bill that was modified at each committee stop may go through another change on the floor.

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Hundreds of people marched on the State Capitol Monday to protest Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. They were led by the Reverend Al Sharpton and the parents of two slain teens.

Chanting phrases like “no Stand Your Ground” and “no justice, no peace,” the Reverend Al Sharpton led a march from the Leon County Civic Center to the steps of the Florida Capitol building.

Capital Report: 03-10-2014

Mar 10, 2014

Hundreds of people marched on the State Capitol this (Monday) morning to protest Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. As Sascha Cordner reports, they were led by the Reverend Al Sharpton and the parents of two slain teens.

A bill that would create a new statewide sex offender task force within the Florida Attorney General’s office got a green light from a House committee today.  But, as Ryan Benk reports, there are those who wonder if another statewide task force is the best way to go.

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A measure inspired by the story of a Jacksonville woman who received a lengthy prison term for firing a warning shot unanimously cleared another Senate hurdle Tuesday. It’s the second time around for the so-called “Warning Shot” bill in that same committee.

Last month, the bill got held up after undergoing multiple changes and time ran out in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. So, on the first day of the 2014 Legislative Session, Baker Republican Senator Greg Evers got a second chance to vet his bill.

Capital Report: 02-28-2014

Mar 3, 2014

Over the next few weeks, Florida lawmakers are slated to take up a series of gun-related measures, from fixes to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law TO enhancing penalties for insurers who discriminate against gun-owners. We have two reports on how these deliberations may play out.  First, Sascha Cordner reports while some bills appear to be moving quickly through the Legislature, others appear to be stalled in the legislative process.

MGN Online

Over the next few weeks, Florida lawmakers are slated to take up a series of gun-related measures, from fixes to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law to enhancing penalties for insurers who discriminate against gun-owners. But, while some bills appear to be moving quickly through the Legislature, others appear to be stalled in the legislative process.

"Right To Be A Kid" Bill

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A bill aimed at allowing someone to show a gun or fire a warning shot in self-defense without fear of prosecution is now heading to the House floor. It’s a bill inspired by a Jacksonville woman who fired a warning shot in an alleged domestic violence dispute and received a lengthy prison term.

MGN Online

A bill got held up that would amend the state’s Stand Your Ground law, after the measure ran into problems during a Senate hearing Tuesday.

The intent of the so-called “Warning Shot” bill is to fix the unintended consequences of Florida’s 10-20-Life Law. This year’s legislation is inspired by Marissa Alexander, a Jacksonville woman who fired a warning shot during an alleged domestic dispute and received a 20-year-prison sentence. During her initial trial, she claimed Stand Your Ground, but a judge said it didn’t apply.

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The same poll that shows Charlie Crist leading Rick Scott in a hypothetical matchup in next year’s Florida governor’s race also shows Floridians overwhelmingly support marijuana use for medicinal purposes, but aren’t in favor of changing Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Peter Brown is the Assistant Director of Quinnipiac University’s Polling Institute, which conducted the survey.

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After a legislative bid to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law failed this week, the focus now turns to whether opponents of the existing law will now throw their weight behind a proposal aimed at tweaking the law.

Thursday’s five-hour hearing saw each side literally going back and forth between the pros and cons of Stand Your Ground. Law enforcement agencies opposed the repeal, including Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley.

Capital Report: 11-08-2013

Nov 8, 2013

After a legislative bid to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law failed this week, the focus now turns to whether opponents of the existing law will now throw their weight behind a proposal aimed at tweaking the law.  Sascha Cordner reports.

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A bill aiming to repeal Stand Your Ground was rejected during an almost five-hour hearing Thursday.

Many spoke in favor and against repealing the law. Among those who testified during the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee meeting included the Dream Defenders and the National Rifle Association.

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On the eve of a vote on a bill that would repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, some House Democrats are split: Try to change the law or put an end to it altogether?

U.S. Senators Tuesday sparred on Capitol Hill over Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. The Congressional hearing to review the law also included personal testimony from some affected by it.

The Mothers Share Their Stories

“I appear before you because my son Jordan was shot and killed last November while sitting in the back seat of his friends car listening to loud music,” said Lucia McBath.

Florida House

A widely-anticipated hearing on a bill that would repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law will happen the next time Florida lawmakers come to Tallahassee for a committee week.

MGN Online

A House committee has named a date when it’ll discuss a bill that would repeal Florida's Stand Your Ground law. The scheduling was announced the same week as a Tallahassee forum where critics weighed in about the controversial law.

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