OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5674

AN ACT CONCERNING RACIAL PROFILING

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the chief state's attorney to give the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities a copy of all the traffic stop data and related complaints he has received from police departments under the racial profiling law. The commission must seek funding to analyze the information and make recommendations (to unspecified parties) based on the analysis.

By law, police departments are no longer required to give traffic stop data to the chief state's attorney, but they must still report complaints.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

BACKGROUND

Racial Profiling Law

This law prohibits police and law enforcement agencies from engaging in racial profiling, defined as the detention, interdiction, or other disparate treatment of someone solely because of his race or ethnicity. It requires the State Police and local police departments to adopt written policies that prohibit race-based traffic stops. The law requires them to collect and record traffic stop data and originally required them to give the chief state's attorney this information along with copies of complaints they get about discriminatory stops and written notices of the reviews and dispositions.

The provision requiring police to give traffic stop data to the chief state's attorney is no longer in effect. Also no longer in effect is the provision requiring the chief state's attorney, within existing appropriations, to (1) review the data on traffic stops and complaints to determine the prevalence and disposition of discriminatory stops and related complaints and (2) report his review results, including recommendations, to the governor and legislature by January 1, 2002. Both provisions were in effect until January 2003.

Racial Profiling Study

In December 2001, the chief state's attorney published the racial profiling report required by law, based on July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2001 data.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Safety Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

22

Nay

0