Stand Your Ground task force calls for change

Independent task force meets just before Gov. Rick Scott's meeting


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – An independent task force is calling for major changes, but not repeal, of a Florida law cited in the Trayvon Martin shooting.

State Sen. Chris Smith, who organized a panel of legal experts to look at the state's "stand your ground" law, delivered recommendations to Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders on Monday.

Smith released the list a day before a separate panel put together by the governor is scheduled to hold its first meeting.

The Fort Lauderdale Democrat said he would sponsor a bill that includes the changes, including one that requires a grand jury to determine whether "stand your ground" can be used to avoid prosecution.

Smith said the group -- which included prosecutors and defense attorneys -- could not agree on whether to repeal the law.