SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER CHRIS SMITH APPLAUDS BI-PARTISAN “STAND YOUR GROUND” FIX MOVING THROUGH SENATE
TALLAHASSEE – Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith (D-Ft. Lauderdale) on Tuesday applauded bi-partisan compromise legislation moving through the Senate intended to fix fatal flaws in Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.
“Since its passage in 2005, the state has seen, and the world has come to know, the many flaws inherent in the current Stand Your Ground statute,” said Senator Smith. “I applaud my Republican colleague and Stand Your Ground author, Senator David Simmons (R-Maitland) for recognizing the same faults and working with me to correct them. The passage today of the compromise bill is the first step in fine tuning legislation that will finally define what Stand Your Ground is, and who it is intended to protect.”
The compromise bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday combines legislation sponsored by both Senator Smith and Senator Simmons to address Stand Your Ground weaknesses. The joint measure better defines neighborhood watch operations, immunity available to those who provoke deadly confrontations, and authority of law enforcement to investigate self-defense claims.
Similar bills sponsored by both men in the 2013 legislative session were never granted a Senate hearing.
The bi-partisan legislation next moves to the Senate Criminal Justice Committee for a hearing.
Florida Senate Democratic Office