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Wis. lawmakers toss racial profiling data effort

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Legislature has given final approval to a Republican bill that would scrap requirements that police collect data about the race of drivers they pull over.

The Assembly passed the bill 61-36. The Senate passed it in February. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature. Walker's spokesman says the governor supports the proposal.

Democratic lawmakers mandated that police departments across the state had to begin collecting the age, zip code, gender and ethnicity of drivers and passenger during traffic stops on Jan. 1.

Data collection supporters say the information will help determine whether police are engaging in racial profiling. Opponents counter the law is time-consuming and duplicative of other reports they already fill out.

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