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Senate President won't convene a select committee on Stand Your Ground

Senate President Don Gaetz won't be following Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith's recommendation to convene a select committee on the Stand Your Ground law.

"I will not accede to your request because the charge of the select committee you seek to create would duplicate the work of the Governor’s Task Force," Gaetz wrote in a letter to Smith late Tuesday, referencing the Task Force on Citizens Safety and Prottection assembled by Gov. Rick Scott last year.

Gaetz also noted that under Senate rules, a select committee could not vote on bills.

"While I understand your frustration with the outcome of legislation you sponsored last year, a select committee does not provide you with either an appropriate or practical remedy," he wrote.

Smith called for a select committee to be created following George Zimmerman's recent acquittal in the shooting death of Travyon Martin, an unarmed black teenager from Miami.