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Friday, April 05, 2013
Ind. Law - "Opposition building to fenced-in deer hunts; Senate chief vows to kill it" Impact of the ag-gag bill ...
Niki Kelly has the story today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Some quotes:
Senate President Pro Tem David Long is wading again into the debate over high-fenced deer hunting in Indiana, saying the provision inserted into a Senate bill while in House committee will be removed.Ryan Sabalow has a similar story today in the Indianapolis Star. He has a similar quote to that I've highlighted in Kelly's story:
The Fort Wayne lawmaker said a fellow senator who previously worked at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has helped educate him on the issue, including showing him a video that is appalling. * * *
Last year, Long similarly quashed a move to legalize canned hunts. That bill would have legalized the activity completely.
The amendment added to Senate Bill 487 this year focused on legalizing only five existing hunting preserves caught in a legal and regulatory quagmire.
It faces a full House vote next week before the Senate could see the legislation again. * * *
Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday he would be open to legislation allowing the five existing preserves to continue operating, though with appropriate standards in place.
“My focus is on jobs in the Hoosier State. And I’m open to allowing these small number of rural businesses to continue to remain open,” he said.
Hunters, wildlife and conservation groups also held a news conference Thursday urging defeat of the bill.
Long compared the regulations preventing hunters from shooting deer trapped behind fences to laws prohibiting dog fights. He said his position against the practice was solidified when shown an “appalling” video by Republican Sen. Michael Crider, a former Indiana conservation officer. Long said the video showed “docile” farm-raised deer being shot by hunters paying $20,000 for the privilege.ILB: So the obvious question here is, would this video even have been possible if we had the ag-gag bill on the books?
Doug Masson's Blog yesterday pointed out that the ag-gag bill, SB 373, has been recommitted to House Judiciary. This is in line with earlier reports that Speaker Bosma has constitutional concerns about the bill.
However, as the ILB pointed out in an earlier post, passage this year and the subsequent ratification of SJR 7, which creates a constitutional right to hunt, fish, and farm, could make enactment of statutes such as the two detailed above, unnecessary. Currently, SJR 7 also is in House Judiciary.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 5, 2013 10:13 AM
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