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Florida House Speaker: Legislature Will Vote 'No' For Special Session

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- House Speaker Will Weatherford says that the Republican-controlled Legislature will vote no when it comes to holding a special session to deal with the state's "stand your ground law."

Spurred by protesters at the Capitol a total of 32 Democratic legislators wrote to the Department of State asking for a special session.

The protesters upset with the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial turned to legislators after Gov. Rick Scott refused to call a special session.

An obscure law allows the Legislature to bypass the governor. But it takes a yes vote from three-fifths of the 160-member Legislature.

Weatherford said once the poll results are final it will be time for protesters to leave the Capitol. Protesters have been at the Capitol for nearly a month.


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