By Bailey Myers
August 12th 2013
Tallahassee FL- The Secretary of State is now polling lawmakers on if a special session to discuss the controversial 'Stand Your Ground Law' should be held.
The Florida Department of State confirmed that 20 percent of the legislators, or 33 legislators have filed petitions stating conditions warrant having a special legislative session.
Representative Halsey Beshears said, "They agreed about hearing on it in September but they decided that wasn't enough."
27 days after their protest began the Dream Defenders say they are finally seeing some change. Ciara Taylor of the Dream Defenders said, "I think that this win is proof that of you know the important work that we are doing and proof that we are actually gaining some traction."
Late Monday afternoon the Department of State sent a poll to all of the legislators in Florida-- asking them whether or not they feel a special session is warranted regarding stand your ground. This comes after 33 Florida Representatives sent requests calling for this special session. But not everyone is on board.
Representative Beshears later added, "I think that asking to have it heard again to have it debated again, and Speaker Weatherford agreeing to hear it again and a committee in September is more than enough."
Now representatives have seven days to decide before their 'yes' or 'no' is checked off, stamped and mailed to the Capitol. Only then with 3/5 of the members from both houses agreeing to a special session will one commence.
"I think that at this point they have made their argument. I think that they should stop wasting the tax payers money, and come back and debate it," said Beshears.
Press Release: Office of Alan Williams
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – State Rep. Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee), chairman of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, issued the following statement pertaining to the announcement that Florida legislators are officially being polled by the Department of State to determine whether a Special Session of the Florida Legislature should be he for the purpose of addressing Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.
Representative Williams stated:
“Today is a significant step in the process toward repealing or reforming Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. I have long believed that the self-defense laws in Florida’s statutes are in need of legislative review, especially given the fact that many of our law enforcement agencies have difficulty in applying the law in an equitable manner.
“Regardless of my advocacy for a legislative review of Florida Stand Your Ground law, I remain a strong supporter of the Second Amendment of the U. S Constitution and Floridians’ ability to defend themselves.
“I urge my colleagues in the Florida Legislature to join me in answering in the affirmative to the request for a special session of the Legislature.”