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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Ind. Law - "Garton targets fenced-hunting bill "

"Garton targets fenced-hunting bill: Senate leader wants issue settled in court" is the headline to a story today in the Louisville Courier Journal by Lesley Stedman Weidenbener. Some quotes:

The leader of the Indiana Senate said yesterday that he plans to kill a bill that would phase out fenced deer hunting because a lawsuit over the issue is pending.

Senate President Pro Tem Robert Garton, R-Columbus, who controls the flow of legislation in his chamber, said the Senate has a policy against passing bills that would create winners and losers in court.

"We're not the judiciary branch," he said. "That's where it needs to be resolved."

As amended, the bill would allow existing operations to continue for seven years while banning new ones.

Without a change in state law, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources plans to shut down all fenced deer-hunting operations in the state next month. * * *

Rodney Bruce, owner of the Whitetail Bluff hunting preserve in Harrison County, sued the state, claiming it can't put him out of business -- especially since he invested about $200,000 after getting the blessing of the natural resources department in the late 1990s.

The suit is scheduled to go to trial March 15, Bruce said yesterday, and he has no plans to drop it just because it might prevent the General Assembly from acting on the issue.

"We believe we're going to win this suit," Bruce said. "So rather than pushing something through the legislature, something with a sunset date, we'd rather try to win the court case."

See also this ILB entry from Feb. 14, 2006.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 21, 2006 06:36 AM
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