Six black Hillsborough County elected officials are asking Gov. Rick Scott, Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford for a special session to repeal or change the 2005 “stand your ground” law they blame for a looming economic crisis caused by a boycott of Florida.
“Since the outcome of the Zimmerman verdict in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Florida has become a lightning rod for criticism over our state’s ‘stand your ground’ law,” states the July 29 letter. “Now, in the weeks since the ‘not guilty’ verdict was rendered, the cries for boycotting Florida from some of the most prominent names in the entertainment industry and those organizing upcoming conventions and other major gatherings are growing because nothing has been done to fix the problems that remain in the law.”
The letter was signed by Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa; Rep. Betty Reed, D-Tampa; Les Miller, Hillsborough County Commissioner; Plant City Mayor Mary Mathis; Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick and Doretha Edgecomb, a Hillsborough County School Board member.