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6 Most Controversial Ballot Measures

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1. Idaho HJR2: Making Hunting & Fishing a Constitutional Right

Other States With Similar Ballot Measures: Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Wyoming

The Amendment: Along with freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and a right to a trial by jury, the Declaration of Rights in Idaho’s constitution would include the right to hunt, fish, and trap. Already overwhelmingly approved in the state legislature, constitutional amendments must be voted on in a general election.

In a state where hunting and fishing are so popular, it would stand to reason that this measure would pass handily. That’s not necessarily the case. The inclusion of trapping, an unpopular but particularly inhumane and cruel practice, has caused considerable concern even among the most ardent hunters and gun enthusiasts. Pets have also been caught in traps.

Who’s Funding It: The National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Idaho Department of Fish and Wildlife helped write the amendment. The NRA, in fact, has been lobbying state legislatures across the nation or these types of constitutional amendments for over 15 years.

Potential Issues: Some constitutional scholars are concerned that the proposed amendment would extend rights to something that, well, isn’t a “fundamental” right like the right to free religious practice. Instead, it’s more like a right to, as one scholar told the Spokesman-Review, the right to “ride a bicycle or smoke.” Also at issue? Well, there’s concern that the ballot measure could open the state up to lawsuits about hunting regulations — and in turn deregulate the practice.

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Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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2:38PM PST on Jan 16, 2013

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1:08PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

I do not see that much contoversy. Some are good, some stupid , behind all of them is politics,

4:42AM PST on Nov 8, 2012

Noted. thanks.

3:43AM PST on Nov 8, 2012

Noted, thanks for sharing.

10:22PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

yep. Most were shot down. The one that sicked me was ND's rejection.

10:15PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Some I thought should be passed; others were a little extreme except that judgment is subjective.

4:39PM PST on Nov 7, 2012


2:51PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Thank you.

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