Matt Gaetz says hearings on ‘Stand Your Ground’ to be delayed

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Florida House hearings on the controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ Self-defense law might happen later than planned, according to Sascha Cordner in WJCT News.  

On Tuesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz, chairman of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, outlined the number one goal of his committee — to hold hearings on ‘Stand Your Ground.’

“Item number one is listed as number one,” Gaetz said, “because it’s the only project that Speaker Weatherford has given us and that is the application of Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.”

However, the Republican from Ft. Walton Beach said afterwards there might be a delay since another House member critical of the law could not attend.

“I was planning on having the Stand Your Ground hearing next month,” Gaetz added, “and Representative Alan Williams is apparently the only person who sponsored a bill so far on the Stand Your Ground issue.

“Apparently, he’s not going to be in town. So, we have to work around the schedule of Representative Williams.”

Gaetz is working with Williams so the Tallahassee lawmaker can attend SYG hearings, which should happen by the end of December. Also expected to be at the meetings will be members of the Dream Defenders, the group protesting SYG by staging a 31-day sit-in at the Capitol offices of Gov. Rick Scott.

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