• Final count: 108 legislators say no to 'stand your ground' special session


    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - An overwhelming number of legislators voted against a proposed special session to repeal the state's "stand your ground" law.

    The Department of State on Tuesday released a final tally, which showed 108 legislators voted against the special session while 47 voted for the session. Four legislators did not vote.

    The vote was triggered after 33 legislators asked for the special session in writing. They were urged to do so by protesters upset with the July verdict in the George Zimmerman case.

    Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The jury ruled the shooting was justified as self-defense.

    A yes vote by three-fifths of the Legislature would have resulted in a special session. The vote was split largely along partisan lines. Seven Democrats joined with Republicans in voting no.

    Protesters who pushed for the poll ended their protest at the Florida Capitol last week.

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