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.
Similar measures appeared on ballots in six states - Arizona, Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina and Tennessee - in 2010.
- See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
| Wyoming Constitutional Amendment B (2012)|
| Yes|| 212,561|| 84.79%|
| Total vote||250,701|| |
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
The ballot text read:
The adoption of this amendment will recognize and preserve the heritage of Wyoming citizens' opportunity to harvest wild birds, fish and game.
- 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."
- 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."
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. On February 28, 2011, the House passed the proposed measure following a 56-3 vote. The Gov. Matt Mead signed and referred the measure to the ballot on March 3, 2011.
- ↑ Billings Gazette,"Wyoming hunting rights bill passes first Senate test," February 1, 2011
- ↑ Wyoming General Assembly,"SJR 1 full text," retrieved March 7, 2011
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Wyoming News, "Wyoming voters will decide on "right to hunt" amendment", October 19, 2012
- ↑ The Star Tribune,"Wyoming Senate OKs hunting rights amendment," February 5, 2011
- ↑ Wyoming Legislature,"SJR 1 status," retrieved February 14, 2011
- ↑ Star Tribune,"Wyoming right to hunt, fish, trap amendment passes," March 1, 2011
- ↑ KOWB 1290,"Legislature Ready To Wrap Things Up, Mead Signs Bills," March 3, 2011