Trayvon Martin’s mother will testify before Senate panel

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.

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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.”

On Thursday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider the nomination of Caroline Kennedy to be Ambassador to Japan.

Details on these and other committee hearings follow:

Senate Aging

- Sept. 18, “Older Americans: The Changing Face of HIV/AIDS in America”

2 p.m., 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development

- Sept. 18, “Recovering from Superstorm Sandy: Assessing the Progress, Continuing Needs, and Rebuilding Strategy”

10:30 a.m., 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Subcommittee on Economic Policy

- Sept. 18, “Implementation of The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Act of 2012: One Year After Enactment”

2:30 p.m., 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation

- Sept. 18, “Nominations of Michael O’Rielly, to be a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission and Terrell McSweeny, to be a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission”

2:30 p.m., 253 Russell Senate Office Building

Joint Economic

- Sept. 18, “The Economic Costs of Debt-Ceiling Brinkmanship”

2:30 p.m., 216 Hart Senate Office Building

Senate Energy and Natural Resources

- Sept. 17, “Nominations of Ronald Binz to be a Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Elizabeth Robinson to be Under Secretary of Energy, and Michael Connor to be Deputy Secretary of Interior”

9:30 a.m., 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- Sept. 19, “Wildlife Management Authority Within Alaska Under the Alaska National Interest Lands Act and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act”

9:30 a.m., 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Environment and Public Works

- Sept. 18, “Implementing MAP-21's Provisions to Accelerate Project Delivery”

10 a.m., 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Foreign Relations

- Sept. 19. “Nominations of Caroline Kennedy to be Ambassador to Japan, Anne Patterson to be Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and Gregory Starr to be Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security”

10 a.m., 216 Hart Senate Office Building

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

- Sept. 18, “The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013 (S. 1086) and Nominations”

10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- Sept. 19, “The Triad: Promoting a System of Shared Responsibility. Issues for Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act”

10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

- Sept. 17, “Nominations of Stevan Bunnell to be General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Suzanne Spaulding to be Under Secretary for U.S. Department of Homeland Security”

9:30 a.m., 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- Sept. 19, “Outside the Box: Reforming and Renewing the Postal Service, Part I – Maintaining Services, Reducing Costs and Increasing Revenue Through Innovation and Modernization”

10 a.m., 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Judiciary

Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights

- Sept. 17, “’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

- Sept. 18, “Reevaluating the Effectiveness of Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentences”

10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building