Missouri Right to Hunt Amendment (2012)

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The Missouri Right to Hunt Amendment will not appear on the November 2012 ballot in the state of Missouri as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.

The measure would have guaranteed the right to hunt, fish, trap and harvest wildlife.[1]

The measure was sponsored by Rep. Darrell Pollock.

Text of measure

Constitutional changes

The proposed measure would have added a new section, Section 35, to Article I of the Missouri Constitution.[2]

The new section would read:

Text of Section 35:
  1. The citizens of this state have a right to hunt, fish, trap, and harvest wildlife.
  2. The control, management, restoration, conservation, and regulation of the bird, fish, game, forestry, and all wildlife resources of the state, and the administration of all laws pertaining thereto, is vested in a conservation commission, as provided in section 40, article IV of the Constitution of Missouri. Laws, rules, and regulations authorized under this section shall have the purpose of wildlife conservation and management and preserving the future of hunting and fishing by traditionally approved devices and methods.
  3. Public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.
  4. This section shall not be construed to modify any provision of common law or statutes relating to trespass or property right.

Path to the ballot

See also: Missouri legislatively-referred constitutional amendments

In order to qualify for the ballot, the measure required approval by a majority of the members of each chamber of the Missouri General Assembly. On April 19, 2011 the House voted 142 to 10 in favor of the proposed measure. The proposal remained pending in the Senate.[3] As of January 12, 2012 the bill was not in queue to be heard by the General Assembly.[4]


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