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Rep. Williams to attend U.S. Senate hearing on Stand Your Ground

Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, announced Monday that he will attend the upcoming U.S. Senate hearing on Stand Your Ground laws.

Here's the press release:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On Tuesday, October 29, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights will conduct a hearing on Stand Your Ground laws at which Florida state Rep. Alan Williams has been invited to attend.

Rep. Williams (D-Tallahassee) is the chairman of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus and is the sponsor of a Stand Your Ground repeal bill in the Florida House of Representatives, H.B. 4003.

Webcast and other information about Tuesday’s hearing under the leadership of Subcommittee Chairman Dick Durbin of Illinois can be found at this site: Stand Your Ground Laws -- Civil Rights and Public Safety Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force.

“I am pleased to see Senator Durbin’s display of leadership in conducting a review of Stand Your Ground laws,” said Representative Williams. “The U.S. Senate hearing will be a significant step in the process toward repealing or reforming these laws that are in need of serious legislative review because vigilante justice must not be tolerated.

“In addition to Tuesday’s hearing, I look forward to a discussion about Florida’s Stand Your Ground law in the Florida House of Representatives that’s set for Thursday, November 7. Changes to these Stand Your Ground laws are necessary to ensure that we remain a society in which all citizens are treated equally, and to address any unjust application of our laws.”

The hearing in the U.S. Senate will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 29. The location of the meeting has recently changed to Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.