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Stand your ground task force announced

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WFLX)  Flanked on his left by Florida's Lt. Governor and on the right by the pastor of a black church, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced a task force to review Stand Your Ground.
The announcement comes after the arrest of George Zimmerman for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense.

Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll will head up the task force, with Reverend RB Holmes second in command.  Carroll was in the House when Stand Your Ground passed.
The Lt. Governor was asked, "Did you vote for Stand Your Ground when you were in the House? She answered, "Yes I did."

"Do you regret that?" she was asked. "We'll find out," she said.

Carroll is one of four people on the task force who voted for the self defense law.  Prosecutors, defense attorneys, and law enforcement round out the 17 member review team.

A different task force met earlier this month.  It was also made up of attorneys, police and lawmakers.  It was formed by Senate Democrat Chris Smith, who voted against Stand Your Ground in 2005 and he only invited lawmakers who voted his way.

Smith called his own task force because he didn't want to wait on Scott, who was waiting for the Zimmerman investigation to end.  But there's still a court case, which means the details of the shooting may not be available to the task force.

The task force will hold its first meeting on May first in Tallahassee.  That's when the group will figure when and where to hold future meetings.  

The task force will come up with recommendations to be considered during the 2013 legislative session.   

You can voice your concerns to the task force by emailing:

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