Wis. Assembly to vote on repealing racial data law
The Associated Press
Updated: 05/14/2011 10:58:56 AM CDT
MADISON, Wis.—The Wisconsin state Assembly is poised to repeal a law in effect since January that requires police to collect data about the race of drivers they pull over in traffic stops.
The bill up for a vote Tuesday has already passed the Senate. The Republican-controlled budget committee last week voted to strip money from the state budget that pays for analyzing the data collected.
The racial profiling law was passed by Democrats when they controlled the Legislature and it took effect in January. The requires police to collect the age, zip code, gender and ethnicity of stopped drivers and their passengers to determine if racial profiling is occurring.
Some police argued for repeal saying the law is time consuming and duplicative of other reports they must fill out.
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