Trayvon Martin’s mother will testify before Senate committee

Zach Krahmer

Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, will testify before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee Tuesday about the “stand your ground" law in Florida.

The hearing was originally scheduled for last month, but had to be postponed until Oct. 29.

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In July, George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was unarmed.

The Florida law extends self-protection so that a person can use deadly force if there is a perceived threat without the requirement to retreat. Initially police cited the “stand your ground" law as the reason why they could not arrest Zimmerman on the day of the shooting, Feb. 26, 2012.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will lead the hearing titled, “’Stand Your Ground’ Laws: Civil Rights and Public Safety Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force.”

Details on this and other committee hearings follow:

Senate Agriculture

- Oct. 30, “Farm Bill Conference Business Meeting”

1 p.m., 1100 Longworth House Office Building

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

- Oct. 29, “Housing Finance Reform: Essentials of a Functioning Housing Finance System for Consumers”

10 a.m., 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment

- Oct. 30, “The JOBS Act at a Year and a Half: Assessing Progress and Unmet Opportunities”

10 a.m., 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- Oct. 31, “Housing Finance Reform: Essential Elements of a Government Guarantee for Mortgage-Backed Securities”

10 a.m., 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Budget

- Oct. 30, “Budget Conference Committee Meeting”

10 a.m., HC-5, The Capitol

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation

Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet

- Oct. 29, “Broadband Adoption: The Next Mile”

10:30 a.m., 253 Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Finance

- Oct. 30, “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Achieving the Potential”

11 a.m., 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Foreign Relations

- Oct. 31, “Syria”

10:15 a.m., 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

- Oct. 30, “Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013, CHIMP Act Amendments of 2013, H.R. 2094, Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2013, and Nominations”

10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- Oct. 31, “Attaining a Quality Degree: Innovations to Improve Student Success”

10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

- Oct. 31, “The Navy Yard Tragedy: Examining Government Clearances and Background Checks”

10 a.m., 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Indian Affairs

- Oct. 30, “Testimony on: S. 1074, S. 1132, S. 161”

2:30 p.m., 628 Senate Dirksen Building

Senate Judiciary

Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights

- Oct. 29, “‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws: Civil Rights and Public Safety

Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force”

10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- Oct. 30, “Nominations”

2:30 p.m., 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building