On third night, Scott meets with protesters in his officeby John Kennedy | July 18th, 2013
Gov. Rick Scott made a hastily arranged return trip to the Capitol late Thursday to meet with protesters gathered for a third day outside his office.
In a 45-minute meeting with seven leaders of Dream Defenders and other groups, Scott said he understood their concerns. He also said he planned to declare Sunday a statewide unity day in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict.
But during the meeting that began shortly after 9 p.m., Scott said he would not go along with the demand for a special session to
repeal Florida’s stand your ground law. Scott said he believed in the law.
The governor also said the protesters should work within the system in getting their views across at the legislative session beginning next spring.
“Each of you has a representative, each of you has a senator,” Scott said. “I’d sit down with each one. That’s how the process works.”
He concluded saying, “I appreciate you and I look forward to seeing you again.”
Phillip Agnew, executive director of Dream Defenders, said it was good the governor agreed to the meeting. But he said the group has no intention of leaving the Capitol until a special session is called.
“We plan on being here for some time, or until you will act,” Agnew told Scott.