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.