In a hearing marking the first time the Republican-ruled Florida Legislature has revisited the state’s controversial “stand your ground law,” a Senate committee agreed Tuesday to make modest changes to the 2005 law, which has been under heightened national scrutiny since George Zimmerman fatally shot teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012.
The Judiciary Committee voted 7-2 to endorse a bill (CS/SB 130) that would require law enforcement agencies to fully investigate shootings involving self-defense claims based on the law and to develop guidelines for neighborhood watch groups.
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