MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a repeal of a law that requires law enforcement agencies to collect data about the race of drivers they pull over in traffic stops.
The vote to pass the bill Wednesday came with no Democrats present. They left the state last Thursday rather than have to vote on a different bill pushed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker that would take away collective bargaining rights for public workers.
The racial profiling law took effect in January. It 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.