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In 2004, the Georgia General Assembly considered a bill to amend the portion of the Georgia Code dealing with motor vehicles and traffic. HB 1327 would have prohibited the use of race or ethnicity in forming probable cause or reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle and would have mandated data collection for all traffic stops by state and local law enforcement officers. Law enforcement personnel would have recorded this information on a form that the Department of Motor Vehicles would have devised. The Georgia Attorney General would have then analyzed this data to test for racial profiling. Additionally, HB 1327 would have (1) required law enforcement agencies to create policies that prohibit using race or ethnicity in determining whether to stop a motorist, (2) required annual training on impermissible uses of race and ethnicity in stopping vehicles, and (3) mandated data collection by all state and local agencies.

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