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House unanimously agrees to end mandatory sentences in gun-related aggravated assault cases

@MichaelAuslen

The Florida House on Wednesday voted to remove aggravated assault from the list of crimes requiring a minimum sentence of 20 years under the state's 10-20-Life Law.

With a unanimous vote, the House joined the Florida Senate, sending the proposal (SB 228) to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature.

Under the 10-20-Life Law, crimes involving guns are subject to minimum sentences, but the law has been called into question for being unflexible, including in cases when people have been convicted for firing warning shots. A taskforce created by Scott in 2013 recommended that the Legislature "eliminate any unintended consequences" under 10-20-Life.

"It's probably the best thing that I've done since I've been here," said Rep. Neil Combee, R-Polk City, the bill's sponsor.

Once the Legislature sends the bill to Scott, he has seven days to sign or veto it.

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