(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana lawmakers are again considering a constitutional amendment that would guarantee Hoosiers’ right to hunt.
The proposed amendment earned statehouse approval two years ago. If it passes the legislature again this year, it would go to the ballot for Indiana voters to decide in 2014.
The bill reinforces the rights of Hoosiers to hunt, fish, and farm. According to the Associated Press, the bill’s author, State Senator Brent Steele (R-Bedford) said he is sponsoring the amendment in reaction to animal-rights activists who he believes are trying to interfere with legal hunting and livestock production.
Senate Joint Resolution 7 states “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.”
A Senate committee hearing on the amendment was scheduled for Monday, but has been postponed until next week.