Stand Your Ground Panel

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A state lawmaker says he can't wait for Gov. Rick Scott so he's appointing his own task force on the Florida statute commonly called the "stand your ground" law.
The Republican governor has announced plans for a task force. But Scott wants to wait until after an investigation into the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is concluded.
Sen. Chris Smith, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, said Tuesday that his panel will include prosecutors, public defenders and legal scholars.
It will meet Thursday in Fort Lauderdale. Smith said it will hear comments from judges and a tourism official who says the law is scaring away visitors.
Sanford neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman says he shot the unarmed teen in self-defense. No charges have been filed, and a special prosecutor is investigating.


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