Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee Votes to Reform “10-20-Life” Law

Post Date: November 8, 2013

Yesterday the Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted to protect the threatened use of force and clarify that the legislature does not intend mandatory minimums under the “10-20-Life” law to apply in cases where someone either uses force or threatens the use of force in defense of themselves or others.

In a 12-1 vote, the subcommittee passed a substitute bill for HB 89, which was introduced by Rep. Neil Combee (R, Polk City) and Rep. Katie Edwards (D, Plantation). You can read the text of the bill here, and an analysis of the impact of the bill here.

FAMM’s Florida Project Director, Greg Newburn, testified in favor of the bill at yesterday’s hearing. You can see a video of the hearing here. The Criminal Justice Subcommittee is the first stop for the bill in the House. A Senate companion bill is expected to be filed soon. For more information and updates on the bill, check back at the FAMM website, or follow Greg Newburn on Twitter: @gnewburn