The panel also scheduled additional meetings that will take them around the state to hear the concerns of Floridians from all walks of life. During the meetings, they will also hear expert testimony regarding citizen safety and protection laws, as well as conduct research on how the law has been used or misused and how it has impacted the State as a whole, as well as its visitors.
Led by Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and the Rev. R.B. Holmes Jr., pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, the panel has vowed to complete its assignment in an “unbiased” and “transparent” manner and to avoid letting emotional or personal agendas interfere with the information and recommendations they will report to Scott and the Legislature by the start of the March 2013 legislative session.
“I highly encourage all members of the Citizen Safety and Protection Task Force to approach their duties with an unbiased mind,” said Carroll, explaining that the review on Chapter 776 will remain separate from the Martin/Zimmerman case and will not be influenced by its outcome.