Florida’s Stand Your Ground law has become the national, state and local focus of the debate centering around the Zimmerman trial. National civil rights figures are calling for an economic boycott of Florida, and students are peacefully occupying the Governor’s office and demanding a special session to repeal the Stand Your Ground law.
Here locally, the Executive Editor of the Tallahassee Democrat, Bob Gabordi, opined that the Stand Your Ground law “Killed Trayvon Martin.”
As the nation and communities around Florida begin to debate this law, it is important that the discussion be driven by facts. Tallahassee Reports begins this endeavor by providing the answer to two questions:
What were the votes for and against the Stand Your Ground law in the Florida Legislature when it passed in 2005?
The law passed the Florida Senate 39-0.
The law passed the Florida House 94-20.
How did our local delegation vote?
In 2005, Representatives Loraine Ausley (District 9) and Curtis Richardson (District 8) and Senator Al Lawson (District 6) all voted in favor of the law.
Let the debate begin!