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Wyoming Hunting Rights Amendment, Constitutional Amendment B (2012)

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Hunting Rights Amendment
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Article 1, Section 38
Referred by:Wyoming State Legislature
Topic:Hunting
Status:Approveda
A Wyoming Hunting Rights Amendment was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Wyoming as a proposed legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure preserved citizens' rights to hunt and fish.[1]

Similar measures appeared on ballots in six states - Arizona, Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina and Tennessee - in 2010.

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
Wyoming Constitutional Amendment B (2012)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 212,561 84.79%
No25,56410.20%
Total vote250,701

Note: In order for a Wyoming constitutional measure to be approved it must receive a majority of the total ballots cast in the election.

Official results via the Wyoming Secretary of State's website

Text of measure

Ballot language

The ballot text read:[2]

The adoption of this amendment will recognize and preserve the heritage of Wyoming citizens' opportunity to harvest wild birds, fish and game.

Support

  • Amendment B supporter, State Sen. Larry Hicks: "There seems to be a perception that this type of [hunting limitation] would never happen here in Wyoming. But that is the same thing people said in Oregon, Washington or Colorado before it came up in those places."[3]

Opposition

  • Amendment B opponent Sen. Michael Von Flatern: "I don’t perceive there being a threat to hunting as some other people might. And I don’t see a reason to alter our 120-year-old constitution to put this in there."[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: How to amend the Wyoming Constitution

A 2/3rds vote in both chambers of the Wyoming State Legislature is required to refer an amendment to the ballot. The measure was approved by the Senate by vote of 23-7 on February 4, 2011.[4][5] On February 28, 2011, the House passed the proposed measure following a 56-3 vote.[6] The Gov. Matt Mead signed and referred the measure to the ballot on March 3, 2011.[7]

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