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Hunting down the whole story

So I've been reading these stories about the silly "right to hunt, fish and farm" amendment for the Indiana constitution, and they all say that if the General Assembly approves it, there will be a voter referendum next year, and I keep thinging, but wait a minute, amedments have to go through two legislative sessions before making it to a refrendum. What the heck's going on? Finally, I ran across a story that had this crucial detai:

The proposed amendment was previously approved by the General Assembly in 2011. If approved again by the House this year the amendment will be on the general election ballot for ratification by voters in November 2014.

Well, all right then. Talk about losing something down the old memory hole. I don't know if I knew this and just forgot it or whether it blew right by me in 2011. Say, how come all those businesses who complain about the gay employees they'll lose if the same-sex marriage-ban amendment passes aren't pointing out all the vegetarians who might move out of state if we have a right to hunt down cute little aminals?


Harl Delos
Wed, 02/13/2013 - 12:40am

Anyone got a link to the actual wording of this amendment?  I can't find it on the legislative site.

If hunting is a right, how can they charge fora license,

If huntig is a right, can deer hunters try to shoot Susie on youe front yard while your kids are offering her sugar cubes?


Leo Morris
Wed, 02/13/2013 - 10:44am
Harl Delos
Thu, 02/14/2013 - 1:29pm

Thanks, Leo.  Appreciate that!

It's a right, except that they can pass laws until the cows come home to restrict the right, and oh, by the way, these other groups of law take precedence.  And it's not much of even a bonanza for the people who print ballots and constitutions.  It's just a pain in the keister for the poll workers who already work too long a day for too little money.  The sponsors of this adendment ought to be ashamed of themselves, not because they want to protect hunting and fishing,but because they're promoting a do-nothing bill.