Stand Your Ground

Capital Report: 10-18-2013

Oct 18, 2013

The great Federal Government Shutdown of 2013 is now history.  Some state governments jumped in to help cover some of the gaps as federal resources dried up.  In Florida, though, Governor Rick Scott directed the state’s agency heads not to use state money to keep federally-funded programs going as the federal shutdown persisted.  That despite the state’s expected budget surplus in the coming year. As Regan McCarthy reports, that leaves some questioning whether the governor’s actions are politically motivated.

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Trayvon Martin’s father visited Tallahassee Thursday as part of a forum at Florida A and M University discussing Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.The forum, part of FAMU's Homecoming week, was called “Stand Your Ground law: Where Do We Go From Here?”

Florida Senate

Another Florida lawmaker has filed a bill to make changes to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Miami Senator Dwight Bullard says his goes further than a bipartisan proposal starting to move through the Florida Legislature.

MGN Online

Should Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law be tweaked?  A bipartisan proposal that would make some changes to the controversial measure passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 7-2 during this legislative committee week.  But, the bill has its share of critics, including a powerful House member who could hold the key to its survival.

Capital Report: 10-11-2013

Oct 11, 2013

Should Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law be tweaked?  A bill that would make some changes to the controversial measure was up for Senate debate during this legislative committee week.  But, as Sascha Cordner reports, the bill has its share of critics, including a powerful House member who holds the key to its survival.

Florida Channel

A bill that aims to clarify Florida’s Stand Your Ground law passed its first committee Tuesday. The Senate Judiciary Committee was initially set to consider two similar bills seeking to tweak the law.

Florida Senate

A state lawmaker seeking to make changes to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law says he’s optimistic ahead of a hearing set to review his bill. It’s one of two bills a group of legislators are expected to take up in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday morning.

Florida Channel

Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, sentencing reforms, and re-entry programs for inmates are just a few areas on the agenda for the Legislature’s criminal justice committees during the upcoming Legislative session.

Florida Department of Corrections

A Jacksonville woman serving a 20-year prison sentence for trying to scare her husband with a gunshot is getting a new trial. The Marisa Alexander case has made national headlines as it stokes the debate over Florida’s mandatory-minimum-sentence laws.

Florida Channel

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.

The activist group Dream Defenders spent a month at the Capitol following George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin. It’s that action that’s causing the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to want to amend security rules to ensure the seat of state government doesn’t have to deal with visitors for such extended periods of time. The proposal says citizens risk arrest if they don’t vacate the Capitol at five p.m. or thirty minutes after the adjournment of a public meeting. Dream Defender Director Phillip Agnew said that proposal violates taxpayers’ rights.

Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

The man who sponsored Florida’s Stand Your Ground law in the state House says he wants lawmakers to tread carefully as they examine the law, but he feels there should be some type of debate.

Amend Stand Your Ground?

Ocala Republican Representative Dennis Baxley says caution is key if lawmakers consider repealing the law or, in his words, “diminishing a valuable piece of legislation”…

WFSU / WFSU

Several Florida lawmakers are hoping to legislatively reignite the debate surrounding what should be done about the state’s Stand Your Ground law. Some hope to repeal the controversial law, while others say the law just needs some clarification. While those same measures never got a hearing this year, some lawmakers say the 2014 legislative session is the perfect time to have such a debate.

The September Hearing

Capital Report: 08-30-2013

Aug 30, 2013

A hastily-convened summit in Clearwater has education watchers cautiously optimistic that Florida’s varying education factions may have reached a consensus. Lynn Hatter reports The summit, convened by Governor Rick Scott, brought together state and local school officials, lawmakers, teachers  and others for and against school reform policies.

Florida Senate

An author of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law is now hoping to set parameters that clarify the law. And, Altamonte Springs Republican David Simmons is also hoping to put guidelines in place for neighborhood watch programs across the state. The state senator helped write the bill in 2005.

"I believe that I am uniquely situated to deal with what I call 'tweaking improvement' on the Stand Your Ground law, having been the main drafter of it," said Simmons.

Florida Senate

As some lawmakers call on the Florida Legislature to repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law, one Democratic lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to clarify the controversial law.

While a special session reviewing Florida’s Stand Your Ground law isn’t likely, one lawmaker hopes to start a discussion about the controversial law with a bill of his own. Tallahassee Democratic Representative Alan Williams has filed legislation to repeal the law.

It’s Williams’ second consecutive year filing the legislation, and he says his goal hasn’t changed.

Capital Report: 08-16-2013

Aug 19, 2013

Did the failure of a poll that could have triggered a special session lead to the Dream Defenders ending a month-long protest? Just how much support is there really for Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" Law? Sascha Cordner has the story.

Dream Defenders

Just how much support is there really for Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law? Did the failure of a poll that could have triggered a special session lead to the Dream Defenders ending a month-long protest? We'll take a look at what led up to this point.

“I think their time has kind of run out,” said House Speaker Will Weatherford.

Florida Department of Children and Families

A majority of Florida lawmakers say there will be no special session to review Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. The preliminary results of a procedural move led by a group of Democrat lawmakers show they don’t have enough votes to trigger a special session. But, that’s still not deterring those who want another look at the law.

Florida House

Governor Rick Scott’s refusal to hold a special session reconsidering the state’s Stand Your Ground law is not dissuading a group of Florida Democratic lawmakers. In a procedural move, they’ve bypassed Scott and the Republican leaders of the House and Senate to initiate a poll among their colleagues.

Florida Senate

Florida Senate Minority leader Chris Smith says he’s not giving up on getting a bipartisan group of lawmakers to take a look at the state’s Stand Your Ground law, despite being turned down by the Senate President Tuesday. Smith wanted Don Gaetz to form a select committee, but Gaetz rejected that request.

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Florida Senate

A Democratic state senator is calling for state officials to pardon a Jacksonville woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a gun in her husband’s house. Miami Senator Dwight Bullard says Marissa Alexander’s case highlights the need to repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law.

Florida Capitol police have now spent more than $100,000 mark on overtime pay, working round-the-clock to provide security for protestors who have been there the last three weeks, protesting Florida's Stand Your Ground Law. 

Since the start of the protest, Capitol Police have had to double their security detail. Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger says normally the FDLE wouldn’t have to be paying overtime on a regular basis.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is criticizing Reverend Jesse Jackson over remarks he made while joining a Capitol protest Tuesday. Jackson made his remarks while calling for a repeal of the state’s Stand Your Ground law.

Jackson says he believes Governor Rick Scott will change his views on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law just as former Alabama Governor George Wallace changed his mind about segregation following the many civil rights protests in Alabama in the 1960s.

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