Revamping the Florida Statutes
Compared to other states, Florida is very good about putting its laws and regulations online. Online Sunshine is a good free resource for finding the Florida Statutes and Constitution. That being said, I really think there's room for improvement. With more and more state materials coming online, it's easier than ever to build out a reference system that collates or links to other state resources, such as the legislature where the Florida Statutes get made.
I've mocked up what some of what I would like to see in a new and improved version of an online version of the Florida Statutes. Using one statute (part of the "stand your ground statutes that are in the news constantly these days") I've added prior versions, as well as links to the legislation enacting each version. This is a rough mock-up, but hopefully it's in an easy-to-navigate format. There are other things that could and should be added, such as letting phrases be links to the FL Supreme Court cases citing them, or a list of notable cases interpreting the statute. If you have any thoughts please reach out via our contact page.
I've created a github repo here if you want to clone this page and make changes locally.
JUSTIFIABLE USE OF FORCE
Sec. 776.031, Fla. Stat: Use or threatened use of force in defense of property
Bill History (1) A person is justified in using or threatening to use force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to prevent or terminate the other’s trespass on, or other tortious or criminal interference with, either real property other than a dwelling or personal property, lawfully in his or her possession or in the possession of another who is a member of his or her immediate family or household or of a person whose property he or she has a legal duty to protect. A person who uses or threatens to use force in accordance with this subsection does not have a duty to retreat before using or threatening to use such force.
(2) A person is justified in using or threatening to use deadly force only if he or she reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony. A person who uses or threatens to use deadly force in accordance with this subsection does not have a duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground if the person using or threatening to use the deadly force is not engaged in a criminal activity and is in a place where he or she has a right to be.