Kentucky Hunting and Fishing Amendment, House Bill 1 (2012)
|House Bill 1|
|Referred by:||Kentucky State Legislature|
|Status:||On the ballot|
The measure was introduced in Kentucky's 2011 legislative session. According to Stumbo: "That's a big step I think in the right direction to help not only this generation of sportsmen, but the next. We have a wonderful heritage of sports in this state. Kentucky was and still is the happy hunting ground."
Text of measure
The summary of the bill reads:
- An Act proposing to amend the Constitution of Kentucky relating to hunting, fishing, and harvesting wildlife.
The following is ballot language that voters will see on the ballot:
|“||Are you in favor of amending the Kentucky Constitution to state that the citizens of Kentucky have the personal right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, subject to laws and regulations that promote conservation and preserve the future of hunting and fishing, and to state that public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildife?
- Bill Haycraft, president of the League of Kentucky Sportsmen, commented on animal rights groups and the possibility of those groups lobbying for making hunting illegal, "They have lots of money. They're highly educated. And if they can swing it with the legislatures, they will do it."
- According to House Speaker Greg Stumbo, "The real meat of this amendment to me is that it guarantees that the wildlife herds and our fishery population will be controlled by wildlife management."
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Kentucky Constitution
On February 8, 2011, the Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee voted to approve the measure, passing the amendment to the Kentucky House of Representatives for full debate and vote. The measure was then approved by the House, sending the measure to the Kentucky State Senate for a similar vote. Then, on March 1, 2011, the Senate State and Local Government Committee voted to approve the measure with a unanimous vote, placing the measure for a full chamber debate and vote. On March 4, 2011, the measure was approved and will appear on the statewide ballot in 2012.
60% of the membership of each chamber of the Kentucky General Assembly must approve of a proposed amendment in order for it to appear on the next general election during which members of the state legislature are up for election.
The following is a timeline of events surrounding the measure:
|Vote||Feb. 11, 2011||Kentucky House of Representatives approve the measure.|
|Vote||Mar. 4, 2011||Kentucky State Senate approves measure, sending it to the ballot.|
- Right to hunt and fish being discussed in Kentucky
- Hunting amendment snags place on 2012 ballot in Kentucky
- Wave3.com, "Hunting rights bill filed in KY House", September 1, 2010
- SCTIMES.com, "Hunting rights pass Kentucky assembly; Minnesota is 1 state that has similar measure", March 5, 2011
- Kentucky Legislature, "House Bill 1", Retrieved May 6, 2011
- Kentucky Board of Elections, "Sample Ballot", Retrieved October 3, 2012
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Courier-Journal, "States being asked for 'right-to-hunt' amendments", September 4, 2010
- WFPL.org, "House Approves “Hunting Rights” Amendment", February 11, 2011
- WLWT.com, "Ky. Lawmakers Consider 'Right To Hunt' Amendment", February 8, 2011
- Kentucky.com, "Kentucky Senate panel approves hunting, fishing amendment", March 2, 2011