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Senate 'Stand Your Ground' Hearing Scheduled for Oct. 29

WI Web Staff | 10/25/2013, 3:05 p.m.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights ...
Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois Democrat (durbin.senate.gov)

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, will hold a hearing at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, to examine "stand your ground" laws that have significantly expanded the permissible use of deadly force and that have been adopted in 26 states since 2005.

The hearing was initially scheduled for Sept. 17 but was postponed.

It will examine the way that "stand your ground" laws were promoted across the country and the impact of such laws on public safety and civil rights.

The hearing is tentatively scheduled to be held in room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Those who have submitted an RSVP to attend the previous hearing date must submit a new RSVP for the rescheduled date.

Durbin is Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over all constitutional issues and all legislation and policy related to civil rights, civil liberties and human rights. The ranking member of the subcommittee is Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).