So this is what proposed legislation looks like. I’ve copied and pasted AB515 without any changes or formatting below. But if you would like to get it straight from the source, visit the Wisconsin Legislature page for AB515 here.
What you’ll find in the below text are the sponsors of the bill, the existing state statutes that AB515 aims to amend, analysis of current law and finally the actual language that will amend existing law. In future posts, I’ll talk more about the laws that keep skateboards off public streets and the history behind those laws.
2011 ASSEMBLY BILL 515
February 1, 2012 - Introduced by Representatives Pasch, Spanbauer, Berceau,
Pope-Roberts and Turner, cosponsored by Senator C. Larson. Referred to
Committee on Transportation.
1An Act to amend 340.01 (43m) (a) and (b), 346.94 (17) and 349.235 of the
2statutes; relating to: use of skateboards on roadways.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a person may not ride a play vehicle on a roadway except
while crossing at a crosswalk. “Play vehicle” is defined as “a coaster, skate board,
roller skates, sled, toboggan, unicycle or toy vehicle upon which a person may ride.”
Under this bill, skateboards are removed from the definition of “play vehicle” and are
therefore not subject to the regulations that apply to play vehicles.
Also under current law, a person may not ride in-line skates on a roadway
under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation, but may ride in-line
skates on other roadways subject to any restrictions imposed by the local authority
having jurisdiction over the roadway. Under this bill, skateboards are subject to the
same roadway use regulations as in-line skates.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
3Section 1. 340.01 (43m) (a) and (b) of the statutes are amended to read:
4340.01 (43m) (a) Means a coaster,
skate board, roller skates, sled, toboggan,
5unicycle, or toy vehicle upon which a person may ride.
1(b) Does not include in-line skates or a skateboard.
2Section 2. 346.94 (17) of the statutes is amended to read:
3346.94 (17) In-line skates and skateboards on roadway. (a) A person riding
4upon in-line skates or a skateboard may go upon any roadway under the jurisdiction
5of a local authority, subject to any restrictions specified by municipal ordinance
6enacted under s. 349.235.
7(b) Any person riding upon in-line skates or a skateboard upon any roadway
8shall ride in a careful and prudent manner and with due regard under the
9circumstances for the safety of all persons using the roadway.
10(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this subsection or s. 349.235, no
11person riding upon in-line skates or a skateboard may attach the in-line skates or
12skateboard or himself or herself to any vehicle upon a roadway or, except while
13crossing a roadway at a crosswalk, go upon any roadway under the jurisdiction of the
15Section 3. 349.235 of the statutes is amended to read:
16349.235 Authority to restrict use of in-line skates or skateboards on
17roadway. (1) The governing body of any city, town, village, or county may by
18ordinance restrict the use of in-line skates or skateboards on any roadway under its
19jurisdiction. No ordinance may restrict any person from riding upon in-line skates
20or a skateboard while crossing a roadway at a crosswalk.
21(2) The department of natural resources may promulgate rules designating
22roadways under its jurisdiction upon which in-line skates or skateboards may be
23used, except that no rule may permit a person using in-line skates or a skateboard
24to attach the skates or the skateboard or himself or herself to any vehicle upon a
1Section 4. Initial applicability.
2(1) This act first applies to skateboards used on a roadway on the effective date
3of this subsection.