Legislature passes law to prohibit ‘motorcycle profiling’

These days, the emails coming out of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office list scores of bills that have made it through our state’s democratic process and are ready for the governor’s signature.

Most of the bills receive little fanfare, if any. I’ve been keeping an eye on them, however, and wanted to share one I found particularly interesting: Engrossed Senate Bill 5242. The bill ends the (possible or perceived) practice of “motorcycle profiling.”

More from the bill’s legislative report:

“Local law enforcement agencies must add a statement condemning motorcycle profiling to existing policies regarding profiling.

“‘Motorcycle profilin’ is defined as the illegal use of the fact that a person rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle-related paraphernalia as a factor in deciding to stop and question, take enforcement action, arrest, or search a person or vehicle with or without legal basis under the United States Constitution or the Washington Constitution.”

The bill made it to Gregoire’s desk without a single lawmaker voting against it.

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