Tennessee to vote on Hunting and Fishing !!

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Tennessee to vote on Hunting and Fishing !!

Post  dwc43 on Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:45 am

Yesterday there was a vote of 90 to 1 to put a vote on the ballot in Nov. so that the people can vote on a state constitutional amendment to guarantee a right to allow Hunting and Fishing in Tn.

They say with the wrong political climate that hunting and fishing could be eliminated in Tn. and if the people vote for this ( and you know they will) it will protect and give us the right to hunt and fish.

I hope that it protects some types of weapons as well.

Ahhh, I went and looked it up and here's two articles on it from wsmv that's local nbc chn 4 here.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A state lawmaker wants to protect what he calls rights to hunt and fish.

Video: Lawmaker Wants Hunting, Fishing 'Rights' Protected

Sen. Doug Jackson said he's concerned that the politically correct world could lead to a ban, and some are ready to change the state constitution to keep that from happening.

In Tennessee, hunting and fishing aren't rights -- they're privileges. Some lawmakers worry a single vote in the Legislature could take away something that's been a tradition for decades.

"The General Assembly, with a single vote, could sell the dome off the Capitol," said Jackson. "So right now, the right to hunt and fish is subject to the political winds that blow back and forth."

Jackson said the only way to make hunting and fishing a right is to put in the constitution. He has proposed a constitutional amendment to guarantee that right for years to come.

If the House approves the proposal, it will go to the people. Voters will see the issue on the ballot when they cast their vote for governor this November. It will cost $20,000 because all proposed constitutional amendments must be published in newspapers before going to a vote.

"It's a time-honored tradition," said Jackson. "It's very important to our economy. The dollars that sportsmen spend in our economy, it's just mind-boggling."

Jackson said this necessary because fewer and fewer Tennesseans are becoming hunters because of changing demographics in Tennessee and that more groups are pushing bans.

"We see very well mobilized, organized groups that are well funded, that are constantly pursuing bans on hunting and fishing," said Jackson.

As for how voters feel about the amendment, there are some mixed reactions.

"I feel that right should be protected. Hunting and fishing has been a part of Tennessee's history for many years and probably should continue to be a part of it," said one voter.

"It would get abused," another voter said. "If it were protected, then people could do anything they wanted to as far as hunting and fishing goes."

Jackson said hunting and fishing licenses actually pay for a lot of the state's conservation efforts, so any ban would severely limit that funding.

Tennesseans To Vote On Right To Hunt, Fish
Measure Will Be On November Ballot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Voters will have a say on a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to hunt and fish in Tennessee.

The measure will be on the ballot in November's general election.

The Tennessee House of Representatives voted 90-1 in favor of the proposal Thursday.

The vote completes a lengthy process for constitutional amendments that requires measures to pass both chambers by a majority during one legislative session, and then by a two-thirds majority in the next.

Democratic Sen. Doug Jackson sponsored the bill out of concern Tennesseans' right to hunt and fish could be taken away with a single vote in the Legislature.

Jackson told Channel 4 in February the only way to protect the right is to have a constitutional amendment.


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Re: Tennessee to vote on Hunting and Fishing !!

Post  Kernel on Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:23 am

Sounds like a good deal to me.

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