Yesha Callahan

Florida Lawmakers Reject ‘Stand Your Ground’ Special Session


Florida legislators have no plans on repelling the state’s “stand your ground law”.  Last night legislators rejected a call for a special session. In a final tally released by the Department of State, 108 legislators voted against the special session, while 47 voted for it. Four other legislators didn’t vote at all.

The vote was triggered by a written request by 33 legislators for the special session. They were urged to do so by protesters upset with the July verdict in the George Zimmerman case.

A “yes” vote by three-fifths of the Republican-majority Legislature would have resulted in a special session.

The vote was split largely along partisan lines. Seven Democrats joined with Republicans in voting no.

The Dream Defenders who pushed for the poll ended their protest at the Florida Capitol last week.

“After 31 days and 30 nights, we are leaving the Capitol for our next phase,” Dream Defenders Executive Director Phillip Agnew said.

Agnew said the group would register thousands of new voters in the coming months, and return to the Capitol for the annual legislative committee hearings held in the fall.



  1. August 21, 2013 - Reply

    But…. why can’t they even hold a meeting about it?

    • August 21, 2013 - Reply


      ……how is that boycott working out for you guys?

      After the protest against SYG laws fail, maybe you guys should protest against all self defence laws.

    • August 21, 2013 - Reply


      They will once their committee meetings starti n September. There are already bills drafted that repeal and rewrite certain aspects of this law.

  2. August 21, 2013 - Reply

    You gotta play the game. They’re gonna push back at the protesters because they don’t want to be “bully” or “media influence” into making a decision. That all people have to do when upset with a verdict is rallu with a group of people and demand a special meeting.
    Im not saying ot makes it right but that’s the sense I get from the “leaders” anyway.

  3. August 21, 2013 - Reply

    I’m so glad the dream defenders tried their best. I don’t know why I am kind of shock that some democrats voted no for the special session. It’s unfortunately how they are doing everything they came to keep this law in effect. It makes me think nothing will come out of Trayvon’s death.

  4. August 21, 2013 - Reply

    I commend the dream defenders in their efforts for change. As my grandmother would say “there is always more than one way to get something done” this effort may didn’t go the way they wanted it go but by registering new voters change can happen. We must understand that their is power in the pen.

  5. August 21, 2013 - Reply

    At the end of the day, it really boils down to making your voice heard at the ballot box. When it comes to the stand your ground laws, the slogan vote or die is literal. We all show up to vote in an election year, but we must also show up to vote in the midterm elections if we want to effect real change.

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