GOP says NO to Special Session

A letter has gone out to every state lawmaker, asking if they want a special legislative session on Stand Your Ground.

It was triggered by 33 Democrats who asked for the poll. One of them was Gwendolyn Clark Reed. "Whatever it takes to get this openly discussed is what I'm looking for," said Reed.

For the session to actually take place, 96 lawmakers must say yes. That would take all the Democrats and 32 Republicans.

At a national legislative summit, the original sponsor of Stand Your Ground calls the session request premature.

"I think it's short sided to be doing it, I absolutely opposed to special session. My history is that special sessions don't work unless you have a pretty much worked out agreement," said Rep. Dennis Baxley.

And Clay Ingram of Pensacola says he doesn’t want to change a thing. "It just can't be argued with to take... to defend yourself and your person. So I don't even see the need to open that up," said Ingram.

The Dream Defenders, who are still staging a sit in at the Governor's office don't seem surprised.

While Stand Your Ground is a political hot potato in Florida, at the four day national legislative summit in Atlanta, there is not one hearing or meeting scheduled.

21 other states have similar a law.

A state House Committee will hold a half a day hearing in September or October

For the Dream Defenders the magic number of 32 has finally been reached.

33 state lawmakers have sent letters to the Secretary of State.

The letters trigger a polling of the entire legislature over whether to hold a special session to deal with the Stand Your Ground law. But, out of the 33 supporting letters, no support is coming from republicans.

“They don’t have to follow the Don Gaetz of the Republican Party or the Rick Scott’s inability to lead in the state, they can be courageous and step out on their own and stand up for their communities,” said Ciara Taylor.

The Dream Defenders needs to win over 96 lawmakers. There are only 58 Democrats. They say they will continue to sit in the Capitol until their demands are met.


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