Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) legislation signed into law


Legislation that I co-sponsored allowing
the operation of a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) on any roadway within a municipality that has passed an ordinance allowing NEVs has been signed into law by Governor Doyle.

Under Senate Bill 321 (SB 321), a municipality that has approved an ordinance can authorize the use of NEVs on any roadway within the municipality that has a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less. The operation of a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) on certain highways at 25 miles per hour or less is allowed under SB 321 that includes NEVs in the definition of LSV.

The Wisconsin Legislative Council reports that in general, LSVs can operate on any highway that has a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less that is under the jurisdiction, for maintenance purposes, of a municipality or county. Under SB 321, municipalities or counties may approve ordinances to prohibit the use of LSVs on highways under their jurisdiction .SB 321 is necessary to allow the use of NEVs on roads that cross state trunk highways through local ordinance. Under previous law, a municipality needed state Department of Transportation permission to allow NEV’s on roads that cross state trunk highways . 

Here is the history of SB 321 that contains a Legislative Council memo.

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