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Gov. Scott Announces 'Stand Your Ground' Task Force

For weeks now, they've been marching and they've been chanting just outside the governor's door.

Nearly a month after appointing what he calls a 'Citizen Safety and Protection Task Force', Governor Scott finally fulfilled the protesters' top demand.

The task force will get down to business a week from Tuesday, with the goal of reviewing the 'Stand Your Ground' law the man who fatally shot Trayvon Martin is using in his defense.

"My choice was to, step one, make sure we got the right state attorney in to get the investigation done and do this in a logical manner," the governor said. "This is the right time to start this process. I don't know which will end up first, but they're totally separate."

The governor only mentioned 'Stand Your Ground' by name once, and he points out the task force's focus will be much more broad. That could be an indication of the pressure he's under - 'Stand Your Ground' was passed by his fellow republicans.

Scott says he'll give the task force plenty of time to come up with recommendations for lawmakers, who don't return for their regular session until March of next year.

But for democratic Representative Alan Williams, 11 months is too long to wait. He wants Scott to follow the example of former Governor Charlie Crist, who called a special session on oil drilling during the height of the BP crisis in 2010.

"This time, a young child died senselessly, and we ought to be looking at this law, we ought to be looking at it carefully, and if it warrants us coming back for special session, I think we should," Williams said.

The governor says it's important not to 'rush to judgment' on Stand Your Ground, and on that the GOP leaders of the House and Senate are in complete agreement.

Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll is chairing that task force. She says the first meeting will focus on planning exactly how the group should operate. She also wants the task force to hold a series of public hearings around the state.


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