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Rep. Gaetz Sets Hearing Date For Williams’ Stand Your Ground Repeal Bill

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Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar) and Representative Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee)

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.

A listing for The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee’s meeting for Thursday, November 7th currently doesn’t say much beyond the fact it’s supposed to last five hours. But a spokeswoman for committee chair Matt Gaetz, who wants to keep the law intact, confirmed to WFSU Friday the hearing will focus on Tallahassee Democratic Representative Alan Williams bill to do away with Stand Your Ground. The committee was expected to hold the hearing this month, but Gaetz says it was delayed to work around Williams’ schedule. Now, Williams says he’s looking forward to the first week of November.

“But, even though we are louder and more vocal, so are the folks on the other side of the conversation. We need to make sure that we at least don’t get drowned out. So, that’s why come November, the week of November 4th—more than likely the end of that week is when we’re going to have the hearing on the Stand Your Ground law,” said Williams.

Williams made his comments during a Thursday Florida A and M University forum discussing Stand Your Ground

Meanwhile, according to the released Florida House schedule, the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will meet Thursday, November 7th, in the Knott building from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.