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Monday, April 18, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - SJR 9, a constitutional amendment to protect your rights to hunt and fish

The ILB has had several entries on SJR 9:

Ind. Law - Proposed constitutional amendment may be no laughing matter

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 7th re Sen. Steele's SJR 9 which would add chickens to our Indiana bill of rights, Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press writes today in a column headed "Indiana Senate cries fowl,...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on February 13, 2011 03:10 PM

Ind. Law - Proposed amendment would add chickens to our Indiana bill of rights

Doug Masson's Blog had this report yesterday that began:The Senate passed Sen. Steele’s SJR 9 out of committee which amends the Indiana Constitution to provide, among other things, that the commercial production of poultry is a valued part of our...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on February 7, 2011 11:47 AM

Eric Bradner wrote again on SJR 9 yesterday in the C&P:
That constitutional amendment that I mocked earlier this year — the one that would write Hoosiers' rights to hunt and fish into the state's most important document — is back.

The Indiana House of Representatives made some changes to it last week. Apparently, the problem with the amendment in its previous form was that it would have included such broad protections that hunters and fishermen could have legally wandered onto someone else's private property to engage in their sport.

The episode once again highlighted the ridiculousness of the notion that Indiana needs a constitutional amendment to protect your rights to hunt and fish.

Proponents argue they are under siege, faced with attacks from animal rights' groups.

My response: Last time I checked, the National Rifle Association was doing a pretty good job lobbying on its own. Not to mention, I've never met a legislator who wants to keep anyone from hunting or fishing.

Here is the most recent (April 15th) wording of the new section which is proposed to be added to Article 1 of our constitution, the Indiana Bill of Rights:
Section 38. The people have a right to hunt, fish, harvest game, or engage in the agricultural or commercial production of meat, fish, poultry, or dairy products, which is a valued part of our heritage and shall be forever preserved for the public good, subject only to laws prescribed by the General Assembly and rules prescribed by virtue of the authority of the General Assembly. Hunting and fishing shall be the preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. This section shall not be construed to limit the application of any provision of law relating to trespass or property rights.

SJR 9 is currently on the 3rd reading calendar in the House.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 18, 2011 02:04 PM
Posted to Indiana Law