Panel OKs hunting amendment

A resolution supporting Hoosiers’ rights to hunt, fish and raise livestock was approved in a Senate committee with a 7-0 vote Monday.

Senate Joint Resolution 7, written by state Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, and Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Middlebury, cleared the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources and now moves to the full Senate for discussion.

The resolution aims to amend Indiana’s constitution to guarantee residents the right to hunt, fish, harvest game and raise livestock for the production of meat and dairy products.

The proposal takes a different tack from most constitutional amendments, said Cynthia Baker, a professor at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

“Usually these amendments work to take something out of the purview of the legislative realm and put it in the constitution, but this resolution makes these things subject to state law,” Baker said Tuesday.

The resolution would protect hunting, fishing and agriculture, but it also specifies that they would fall under management of state regulations.

“I think with the changing economies and attitudes toward these things, democratically it’s better to have the General Assembly be able to respond to these things, which this resolution would allow,” she said.

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