SB 656 Modifies the law with respect to how municipalities and the legal system treat the lawful use of motor vehicles on public roads and modifies the commercial zone surrounding Kansas City
Sponsor: Lager Co-Sponsor(s)
LR Number: 5249S.02C Fiscal Note available
Committee: Transportation
Last Action: 5/18/2012 - S Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection--SB 656-Lager and Dixon, with SCS Journal Page:
Title: SCS SB 656 Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2012

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SCS/SB 656 - Under current law, municipalities may enact ordinances that limit the use of certain designated streets to passenger vehicles. This act modifies this authorization by requiring municipalities to allow at least one street, with lawful traffic movement and access from both directions, to be available for use by commercial motor vehicles to access any roads in the state highway system. No municipality may pass an ordinance that denies the use of commercial motor vehicles on all streets within the municipality.

Under this act, the use of motor vehicles on a public street or highway in a manner which is legal under state and local law shall not constitute a public or private nuisance, and shall not be the basis of a civil action for public or private nuisance. No individual or business entity shall be subject to any civil action in law or equity for a public or private nuisance on the basis of such individual or business entity legally using motor vehicles on a public street. Any actions by a court to enjoin the use of a public street or highway and any damages awarded or imposed by a court, or assessed by a jury, against an individual or business entity for public or private nuisance in violation of this act shall be null and void. This portion of the act is identical to SB 277 (2012).

This act expands the Kansas City commercial zone by including the stretch of State Route 45 from its intersection with Interstate 29 to the city limits of Iatan (Section 304.190).

STEPHEN WITTE