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April 18, 2006
Update: Alabama's Governor Riley has signed HB 756, enacting restrictions on the use of certain boats.
Alabama HB 756:
  • becomes effective on July 1, 2006
  • effects three lakes: Lake Harris (Lake Wedowee), Lake Martin and Weiss Lake.
  • restricts the use of boats bigger than 26' 11" and capable of 60 mph, after October 1, 2006
  • prohibits the use of houseboats, after July 1, 2007, except existing boats (see below)
  • does not apply to sailboats
There are several exceptions: This bill:
  • does not apply to houseboats that were licensed and in use on July 1, 2006, meet applicable sewage discharge requirements, are moored where there is a certified pump-out station, and are inspected annually.
  • does not apply to a boat bigger than 30'6" (but not capable of going more than 60 mph) which is licensed and in use (on one of these three lakes) on July 1, 2006. However, this boat may be subject to additional rules, including a requirement for an annual permit, inspection, and fee.
  • does not apply to a boat bigger than 30'6" (but not capable of going more than 60 mph) which is on site and available for sale on one of the lakes on July 1, 2006.
  • However, this boat may be subject to additional rules, including a requirement for an annual permit, inspection, and fee.




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