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Idaho Hunting and Fishing Amendment, HJR 2 (2012)

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Type:Legislative referral
Constitution:Idaho Constitution
Status:On the ballot
The Idaho Hunting and Fishing Amendment, also known as HJR 2, will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Idaho as an legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would add to the Idaho Constitution the right to hunt, fish and trap in the state. According to reports, the sponsor of the measure is State Senator Lee Heider, who introduced the measure during 2012 state legislative session.[1]


The following is information obtained from the supporting side of the measure:

  • Sen. Heider, the measure’s lead sponsor in the state senate said, “I maintain that this amendment does indeed clarify our rights. I think this is a great amendment...The people of Idaho love to hunt, fish and trap.”[2]

Path to the ballot

If a proposed amendment is agreed to by two-thirds of the members of both the Idaho State Senate and the Idaho House of Representatives, the proposed amendment goes on the next general election ballot.

During the week of March 20, 2012, it was reported that the language of the proposal was being re-worded. According to reports, language added by the National Rifle Association on controlling wildlife through hunting was met with opposition from the Fish and Game Commission. The main proponent of the bill, Sen. Lee Heider, tweaked the bill to alleviate those concerns, hoping those changes would result in the passage of the measure to the November 2012 ballot.[3]

On March 27, 2012, the Idaho State Senate gave final approval for ballot access when the chamber voted 31 to 3 in favor of the proposal. The measure was previously approved by the Idaho House of Representatives.[2]

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