MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A legislative committee has approved moving ahead with developing a system for Wisconsin law enforcement agencies to begin collecting data about racial profiling.
A new law taking effect in January requires police to gather data about traffic stops to determine whether racial profiling is taking place.
The Legislature's budget-writing committee approved a plan outlining how systems to collect that data will be installed. Republicans on the committee say the law is unnecessary and will result in an unfunded mandate for police across the state.
Installing all police cars with the necessary equipment could cost $10 million and take until 2015. Some of the costs are expected to be covered with grants and federal funding.