Group can begin collecting signatures for new law against racial profiling

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 | 12:08 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri group seeking a new law against racial profiling can begin collecting signatures to get the measure on the 2012 ballot.

The secretary of state's office said Monday it has approved a summary for the proposed ballot question. That clears the way for supporters to begin collecting the more than 90,000 signatures needed to put the measure to a statewide vote.

The proposal would require law enforcement agencies to address racial profiling through such steps as establishing a complaint process and taking corrective action when it happens. Agencies would also have to submit information about traffic stops to the attorney general's office for a report to the governor.

Missouri already has a law requiring an annual report on racial profiling.

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