HB 188

Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Marengo Co., golf carts, allowed to be operated on municipal streets and public roads in municipalities, const. amend.
Description

This bill would propose an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, relating to Marengo County, to provide a process by which a municipality in the county could permit limited operation of golf carts on municipal streets or public roads within the municipality, require the owner of a golf cart operating on a municipal street or public highway within a municipality in the county to register the golf cart and to carry a liability insurance policy such as a homeowner's policy or special rider which covers operation of the golf cart on the municipal streets or public roads within the municipality, require the municipality to inspect the golf cart for the presence of required safety equipment and to verify that operation of the golf cart is covered by a policy of liability insurance, and authorize the municipality to assess a civil penalty for violations

Relating to Marengo County; to propose an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, authorizing a municipality in the county to permit the limited operation of golf carts on a municipal street or public road; to provide limitations; to require the driver to have a driver's license; to require the operator of a golf cart on a municipal street or public roadway to be covered by liability insurance; and to authorize the municipality to assess a civil penalty for violations.

Subjects
Constitutional Amendments
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This bill would propose an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, relating to Marengo County, to provide a process by which a municipality in the county could permit limited operation of golf carts on municipal streets or public roads within the municipality, require the owner of a golf cart operating on a municipal street or public highway within a municipality in the county to register the golf cart and to carry a liability insurance policy such as a homeowner's policy or special rider which covers operation of the golf cart on the municipal streets or public roads within the municipality, require the municipality to inspect the golf cart for the presence of required safety equipment and to verify that operation of the golf cart is covered by a policy of liability insurance, and authorize the municipality to assess a civil penalty for violations

Relating to Marengo County; to propose an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, authorizing a municipality in the county to permit the limited operation of golf carts on a municipal street or public road; to provide limitations; to require the driver to have a driver's license; to require the operator of a golf cart on a municipal street or public roadway to be covered by liability insurance; and to authorize the municipality to assess a civil penalty for violations.

Section 1

The following amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, is proposed and shall become valid as a part of the Constitution when all requirements of this act are fulfilled: PROPOSED AMENDMENT (a) A municipality in Marengo County may designate municipal streets or public roads within the municipality for use by golf carts. Before making that designation, the municipality shall first determine that golf carts may safely travel on or across the street or road. The municipality making the safety determination shall consider factors including, but not limited to, the speed, volume, and character of motor vehicle traffic using the road or street. Upon a determination that golf carts may be safely operated on the designated street or road, the municipality shall post appropriate signs to indicate that the operation of golf carts is authorized. (b) A municipality that authorizes the use of golf carts pursuant to subsection (a) shall inspect any golf cart that an owner wishes to use pursuant to subsection (a) to determine if the safety equipment required by subsection (e) is present on the golf cart and shall verify that the operator of the golf cart on a municipal street or public road is covered by a policy of liability insurance held by the owner of the golf cart. If the liability limits for operation of the golf cart shall be the same as for the operation of a motor vehicle. The proper safety equipment is present and the golf cart is covered by liability insurance, the municipality shall issue a permit to the owner upon payment of a permit fee. The municipality may designate the appropriate department of the municipality to inspect and permit golf carts and may adopt rules for permitting golf carts, including providing for a permit fee. (c) A municipality may not allow a golf cart to operate on a municipal street or public road where the posted speed limit exceeds 25 miles per hour. (d) A municipality may limit the operation of a golf cart pursuant to this amendment to only between the hours of sunrise and sunset. (e) The golf cart shall be equipped with headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and a windshield. (f) No person may operate a golf cart on a public street or road without a driver's license. (g) A municipality may enact an ordinance regarding golf cart operation and equipment that is more restrictive than the restrictions enumerated in this amendment. Upon enactment, the municipality shall post appropriate signs or otherwise inform residents that the ordinance exists and will be enforced within the jurisdictional limits of the municipality. (h) All golf carts shall be entitled to full use of a lane, and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any golf cart of the full use of a lane. (i) The operator of a golf cart may not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken. (j) A golf cart may be operated between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles. (k) Golf carts may not be operated two or more abreast in a single lane. (l) The unauthorized operation of a golf cart on a municipal street or public road is a violation for which the municipality may collect a civil penalty of up to fifty dollars ($50). (m) Notwithstanding any other provision of this amendment, a municipality may enact an ordinance regarding golf cart operation and equipment that is less restrictive than the restrictions enumerated in this amendment authorizing the use of golf carts for periods not to exceed 80 hours by the municipality or a civic organization in conjunction with civic events or events to raise funds, promote economic development, or similar purposes as authorized in the ordinance.

Section 2

An election upon the proposed amendment shall be held in accordance with Section 284.01 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 284.01 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, and the election laws of this state.

Section 3

The appropriate election official shall assign a ballot number for the proposed constitutional amendment on the election ballot and shall set forth the following description of the substance or subject matter of the proposed constitutional amendment:

Relating to Marengo County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide a process by which a municipality in the county could permit limited operation of golf carts on municipal streets or public roads within the municipality, require the owner of a golf cart operating on a municipal street or public highway within a municipality in the county to register the golf cart and to carry a liability insurance policy such as a homeowner's policy or special rider which covers operation of the golf cart on the municipal streets or public roads within the municipality, require the municipality to inspect the golf cart for the presence of required safety equipment and to verify that operation of the golf cart is covered by a policy of liability insurance, and authorize the municipality to assess a civil penalty for violations.

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Action Date Chamber Action
March 8, 2018HAssigned Act No. 2018-186.
March 8, 2018HDelivered to Secretary of State at 2:29 p.m. on March 8, 2018.
March 8, 2018HClerk of the House Certification
March 8, 2018HEnrolled
March 8, 2018SSignature Requested
March 8, 2018HPassed Second House
March 8, 2018SSanders motion to adopt Local Application Resolution adopted Roll Call 706
March 8, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 705
March 8, 2018SThird Reading Passed
March 6, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
January 25, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Local Legislation
January 25, 2018HMcCampbell motion Local Application adopted Roll Call 87
January 25, 2018HMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 86
January 25, 2018HThird Reading Passed
January 23, 2018HRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
January 11, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Local Legislation
2018-03-08
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-03-08
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-01-25
Chamber: House
Result: Failed
2018-01-25
Chamber: House
Result: Passed