HB2056 Requires collection and reporting of racial information in traffic stops.
Sponsor: Gunn, Russell (70) Effective Date:00/00/0000
CoSponsor: Riley, Terry (43) LR Number: 4517L.01I
Last Action: COMMITTEE: MOTOR VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC REGULATIONS
04/11/2000 - Reported Do Pass (H)
HB2056
Next Hearing:Hearing not scheduled
Calendar:HOUSE BILLS FOR PERFECTION
Position on Calendar:015
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COMMITTEE

HB 2056 -- PROFILING

CO-SPONSORS:  Gunn, Riley, Troupe, Thompson (72), Days, Ross,
Murray, Curls, Carter, Boykins

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Motor
Vehicle and Traffic Regulations by a vote of 10 to 0.

This bill requires peace officers to make informational reports
after every motor vehicle stop concerning the age, gender, and
race or minority group of the individual stopped, as well as the
nature of the stop and any resulting action taken.

The reports must be compiled annually and submitted to the
Attorney General, who will analyze the data and report findings
to the Governor, the General Assembly, and law enforcement
agencies.

The bill also requires each law enforcement agency to adopt a
policy that prohibits race-based traffic stops.  If a pattern of
race-based traffic stops is determined to exist, an
investigation must be initiated, with counseling and training
for officers.

Failure to comply with provisions of the bill may result in the
Governor withholding state funds from the law enforcement agency.

FISCAL NOTE:  Cost to General Revenue of $39,914 in FY 2001,
$38,546 in FY 2002, and $39,571 in FY 2003.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that minorities are routinely
stopped, questioned, and searched even though no violation of
any law has occurred.  These activities are embarrassing and
humiliating.  Supporters say there is an obligation to take
whatever steps may be necessary to eliminate this abusive and
illegal practice.

Testifying for the bill were Representatives Gunn, Riley, and
Wilson (42); Mound City Bar Association; and American Civil
Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Robert Triplett, Legislative Analyst


INTRODUCED

HB 2056 -- Profiling for Traffic Stops

Co-Sponsors:  Gunn, Riley, Troupe, Thompson (72), Days, Ross,
Murray, Curls, Carter, Boykins

This bill requires peace officers to make information reports
after every motor vehicle stop concerning the age, gender, and
race or minority group of the individual stopped, as well as the
nature of the stop and any resulting action taken.

The reports must be compiled annually and submitted to the
Attorney General, who will analyze the data and report findings
to the Governor, the General Assembly, and law enforcement
agencies.

The bill also requires each law enforcement agency to adopt a
policy on race-based traffic stops that prohibits the practice.
If a pattern of race-based traffic stops is determined to exist,
an investigation must be initiated, with counseling and training
for officers provided.

Failure to comply with provisions of the bill may result in the
Governor withholding state funds from the law enforcement agency.


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