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Video: Scott's Thursday night meeting with Dream Defenders



After staying away from the Capitol for three days, Gov. Rick Scott unexpectedly returned Thursday to meet with a group of seven Dream Defenders, a group that is seeking the repeal of the state's "stand-your-ground" law. 

The meeting, which started after 9 p.m. and lasted for about 30 minutes, was a cordial one. As the young protesters explained why they believed a special session was necessary, Scott, in between swigs from a water bottle, nodded politely and wrote down notes on a yellow legal pad. 

Ultimately, however, Scott told the group he won't call a special session and he wouldn't recommend the repeal of the "stand-your-ground" law, which passed in 2005 and he said he supports. But he did proclaim Sunday to be a day of statewide prayer for unity and recommended that if the protesters wanted to change the law, they should meet with their state representatives.

Afterward, protesters said they would remain in the Capitol until Scott calls for a special session.

Here are some highlights:

[Last modified: Friday, July 19, 2013 10:10am]


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