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Florida Governor Rick Scott keeps falling back on the Report of his self-apointed Task Force, in the face of ongoing Citizen Protests in Florida's Capitol building.

Florida Governor Rick Scott keeps saying the Stand Your Ground laws are fine just the way they are -- his Task Force has told him so ...

Fla. gov. says no to demands but protest remains

by Gary Fineout,, Associated Press -- 07.17.13

At a stop in Pensacola, Scott said he supported people giving their views.

"I think it is great that people are exercising their voices," Scott said.

But he repeated his statement from Tuesday that he does not believe any changes need to be made to the state's "stand your ground" law. It allows someone to use deadly force if they believe their life is in danger. The 2005 law eliminated a provision that required people outside their homes to have a "duty to retreat" from a threat.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, addressing the NAACP in Orlando on Tuesday, said all such laws across the country need to be reassessed. He said they "sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods."

Scott's position is the same as the one reached by a task force he created last year after the Martin shooting.

Funny, didn't Governor Scott even read the findings of his own self-commissioned report?

They had some recommended changes. They didn't think the SYG Law was just fine ...

Take for instance Recommendation 4 of the Governor's Task Force -- What's the timetable on that one Guv?

Report of the Governor’s Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection -- FINAL (pdf)

Honorable Jennifer Carroll, Lieutenant Governor, Task Force Chair
February 21, 2013

[pg 6]

4.  The Task Force recommends the Legislature review applicable standards for recognized neighborhood watch groups, as defined in Section 30.60 and Section 166.0485, Florida Statutes, to define the role of neighborhood watch participants as limited to observing, watching, and reporting potential criminal activity to law enforcement. The participant’s purpose is not to pursue, confront, or provoke potential suspects.

The Task Force heard testimony from a neighborhood watch volunteer, crime prevention coordinator, and private security companies regarding standards for neighborhood watch groups. The standards for neighborhood watch groups ranged from the loosely organized to sophisticated organizations that employed written policies and procedures and strict standards for volunteers. The Task Force learned through these presentations that neighborhood watch volunteers are residents of their respective communities who volunteer their time; however, there are usually no requirements to participate or training provided to them. This could result in occurrences of volunteers acting outside the scope of the intent of neighborhood watch, which is to observe and report only, not to pursue, confront, or provoke potential suspects.

Since Governor Scott likes his Task Force Report so much -- maybe he should provide us specific time-tables and implementation plans for each of its 10 Recommendations?  

Number Recommendation 8 is seems kind of important one too:

[pg 7]

8.  The Task Force recommends the Legislature consider funding further study of the correlation and causation to include variables such as race, ethnicity, gender, application and fairness of the law in regards to the expansion of self defense laws in the State of Florida, including a statistical comparison with other states. The Task Force recommends any report be issued by 2015 with periodic updates.

Might as well get busy on those "plans" Governor, since the protestors aren't going anywhere. any time soon ...

Dream Defenders:  Day 5 And Not Budging --July 20, 2013

Protest leaders met Thursday with Scott, but the governor told them he supported the law and would not call a special session.

The Dream Defenders vowed to continue their protest.

“Rick Scott has awoken a sleeping giant,” said Curtis Hierro, one of the group’s leaders, in a statement. “Dream Defenders call for people around the nation to converge on Florida’s Capitol to join us as we stand our ground for Trayvon.”  

We still have a dream ... pass it on ...

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 06:18 AM PDT.

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  •   Some Florida lawmakers (8+ / 0-)

    actually DO want to change Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Laws ...

    Florida lawmakers Standing up against 'Stand Your Ground'
    by jamess -- Jul 20, 2013

  •  Florida is governed by the GOP like it is its' (8+ / 0-)

    own Third World Country.

    There are three kinds of stupid: 'Stupid', 'Really Stupid', and 'Stupid-Like-a-Republican'. With sincere apologies to Benjamin Disraeli.

    by MARTinNJ on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 06:40:56 PM PDT

  •  What these protestors need to realize (3+ / 0-)
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    MartyM, kharma, a2nite

    They just ought to forget all the noise they are making and concentrating this energy on removal of Rick Scott and the Republican Legislature next year.

    Only then will positive change occur.

  •  Those people boycotting Florida (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Amber6541, FloridaSNMOM

    need to get off their high horses and untwist themselves from their hypocritical feel-good "logic" and READ THIS DIARY.

    People here in Florida ARE trying to do something.  

    Thank you for keeping up with our morally-bankrupt, crooked Florida government that I still can't find anyone who voted for it's alleged "majority".

    This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

    by lunachickie on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 07:07:54 AM PDT

  •  Scott has to go... (3+ / 0-)
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    Hockeyray, FloridaSNMOM, lunachickie

    he's no more than a tool for ALEC and the COC.  The man who oversaw the largest Medicare fraud in US history, is elected governor, unfuckingbelievable it still amazes me.  I have to say, the residents of my state aren't exactly the brightest light bulbs in the chandelier, we need the youth and minority vote even more.

  •  Keep in mind ALWAYS that Rick Scott (5+ / 0-)

    is a grifter; a confidence man by profession.  And that is not hyperbole, exaggeration, or ad hominem anything.

    Remember that when he recommends, or promises, or makes just about any statement or action at all.

    He is in if for himself and willl literally lie cheat and steal (and indirectly kill) to get and/or keep what he covets and/or what he already has.

    Ayn is the bane! Take the Antidote To Ayn Rand and call your doctor in the morning: You have health insurance now! @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 07:15:12 AM PDT

    •  Which is why the last thing we need (0+ / 0-)

      here are BOYCOTTS.

      People keep comparing Florida to Arizona in that regard. I got news for them--Jan Brewer is a Teahag too, but she doesn't know the first thing about being a 'grifter'. If she's anything, she's a "useful idiot".

      Rick Scott is a bona-fide felon. He's been downright dangerous for this state, in too many ways to count. Our own citizens are finding it very, very difficult to fight back, although--and this is key--we continue to do so.

      So when we need the help the most--because we're just not enough to take down this grifter, this felon and his lock on our government--what does the rest of the country do? Well, they're all divided by fear. I get that, but what they fail to understand is that this ain't Arizona. "Civic leaders" aren't going to convince the Scott Administration that his shit-ALEC-written "gun law" has to change because of tourism boycotts. He's a sociopath. He doesn't give a damn! He wants this state to tank economically. When it does, and people die off or move out, the oil companies can fucking have a field day, finishing it off and making it fully uninhabitable.

      "We voted for him"?? I still can't find anyone who will admit it. The guy is such a goddamn crook, he probably stole the governor's mansion, too...

      This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

      by lunachickie on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 08:52:34 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thank you! I am speaking safely from my (1+ / 0-)
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        perch in NYC, and I defer to your knowledge.  I forgot to add that he is a felon!

        I put the most egregious assholes into my novel, leaving out the uninteresting GOPers and the lower-tier, less dangerous assholes.  Thus, voila:

        "...‘Iraq was a vast untapped market.  So we stuck a tap in it.  It’s an artificial marketplace that we set up, to accomplish our goals…whatever those goals were.  Anytime there are some people making money from something, I think it is more than fair to ask questions, like why are they making scads of money from their own policy decisions.  We would be fools not to ask questions, right?  This isn’t a dictatorship; it’s our responsibility to question.  We’d be negligent if we didn’t.  Hell, they’d ask me questions relentlessly – on a stool under bright lights - if I was the one that had pocketed that money.  You’d be looking at my face through steel bars.  And to make it even worse, if you questioned their decisions back then, or god forbid, their motives, you were immediately labeled treasonous; un-American!  I mean, look at the Arizona immigration laws.  They can explain all they want about why they need these new laws, and what effect they’ll have on people’s lives…but the one question they need to answer is why those same people that passed the laws are heavily invested in the private prison industry.  Are they proposing solutions to problems, or are they posing moneymaking solutions in search of application?  …In search of legality?
        We are just supposed to blindly trust a politician who votes to make tons of money for himself?  And the same deal with wanting to drug test the unemployed and people on welfare.  The guys who vote that in are the same guys who own the drug testing labs.  The worst example of all is the grifter who was elected governor of Florida.  Rick Scott perpetrates the biggest medical fraud in the history of our country, and now he’s regarded as a great businessman?  He signs over lucrative ownership of the drug labs to his wife, and then proceeds to force the unemployed to get tested.  Instant windfall for him!’  Fuck them all..."

        (my protagonist seems to speak like I do....go figure...)

        Ayn is the bane! Take the Antidote To Ayn Rand and call your doctor in the morning: You have health insurance now! @floydbluealdus1

        by Floyd Blue on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 10:22:50 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Scott is a fraud profiteer. Why would anyone (1+ / 0-)
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    trust him?

    Why would "small government" types trust him, when he got so much wealth by increasing government expense via fraudulent claims for his health care company?

    I'm glad people are boycotting, if it's keeping broader attention on the criminal and unethical use of Stand Your Ground laws. I wouldn't think for one second that it's going to have any impact on how the governor sees things. He simply doesn't care about how his actions impact on others, unless they are people who can increase his wealth and power.

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    by UnaSpenser on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:46:27 PM PDT

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