A proposal that could place hunting, fishing and trapping rights in the Nebraska constitution has advanced to a final vote in the Legislature.
Lawmakers on Tuesday gave second-round approval to a constitutional amendment proposal (LR40CA) for voters in the 2012 election.
Omaha Sen. Pete Pirsch argued in floor debate that the measure would protect the state from future political attacks on hunting, fishing and trapping rights.
But critics said it was unnecessary and could infringe on the state's ability to license and regulate hunters.
Opponents said placing the issue on the ballot could actually mobilize anti-hunting groups and lead to television ads promoting their agenda.
Lawmakers first advanced the proposal last year, but two more voters were required.