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Wisconsin moves closer to repealing profiling law

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature is moving closer to repealing a law that requires police to collect data about the race of drivers they pull over in traffic stops.

The Assembly gave preliminary approval to the bill Tuesday, but Democrats used a procedural move to block final passage. It previously passed the Senate.

The law was passed by Democrats when they controlled the Legislature and it 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. Backers argue it is needed to determine if police are targeting minorities.

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