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Mississippi Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment (2014)

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Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment
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Constitution:Constitutional amendment
Referred by:Mississippi State Legislature
Topic:Hunting and fishing on the ballot
Status:On the ballot

The Mississippi Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Mississippi as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would establish a constitutional right to hunt, fish and harvest game species throughout Mississippi.[1]

The bill was sponsored in the Mississippi Legislature by State Representative Lester Carpenter (R-1) as HCR 30.[1]

Text of measure

Ballot summary

The official ballot text reads as follows:[2]

This proposed constitutional amendment establishes hunting, fishing and the harvesting of wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods, as a constitutional right subject only to such regulations and restrictions that promote wildlife conservation and management as the Legislature may prescribe by general law.

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Constitutional changes

See also: Article III, Mississippi Constitution

HCR 30 would add a Section 12A to Article III of the Mississippi Constitution. The new section would read as:[2]

Section 12A. The people have the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods, subject only to laws and regulations that promote wildlife conservation and management and that preserve the future of hunting and fishing, as the Legislature may prescribe by general law. Public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. This section may not be construed to modify any provision of law relating to trespass, property rights, the regulation of commercial activities or the maintenance of levees pursuant to Article 11.[3]


Background

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Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment
Endorsements

Seventeen states have constitutional amendments providing for the right to hunt and fish. Vermont was the first state to constitutionalize such a right in 1777. The other sixteen states have all adopted right to hunt and fish amendments since 1996:[4]

California and Rhode Island have constitutional amendments guaranteeing the right to fish, but not to hunt.

Support

The measure was introduced into the legislature by Rep. Lester Carpenter (R-1).[1]

Supporters

Organizations

Opposition

Opponents

  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)[5]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Mississippi Constitution

The amendment was required to be approved through a two-thirds vote in both state legislative chambers. HCR 30 was approved by the Mississippi House of Representatives on March 15, 2013. HCR 30 was approved by the Mississippi Senate on April 10, 2012.[1]

House vote

March 15, 2013 House vote

Mississippi HCR 30 House Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 104 88.14%
No1411.86%

Senate vote

April 10, 2012 Senate vote

Mississippi HCR 30 Senate Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 52 100.00%
No00.00%

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