Right to hunt and fish being discussed in Kentucky

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February 8, 2011

FRANKFORT, Kentucky: Kentucky lawmakers have begun state legislative session, and with it comes the issue of the right to hunt and fish. A measure that would ensure this right in the Kentucky Constitution has now been proposed. The measure, according to reports, has cleared the first hurdle in making its way to the 2012 statewide ballot. 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.[1]

The proposal is being sponsored by Representatives Leslie Combs and Greg Stumbo. The measure was proposed in order to mandate that hunting and fishing should never be outlawed in the state without the vote of the people.[2]

If 60% of the membership of each chamber of the Kentucky General Assembly approves, a proposed amendment goes on the ballot at the next general election during which members of the state legislature are up for election.

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.

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