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.
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