Nebraska Lawmakers Spar Again Over Hunting Proposal

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Nebraska lawmakers are arguing again over a proposal to lock hunting and fishing rights into the state constitution.

The proposed constitutional amendment by Omaha Sen. Pete Pirsch would place the issue before voters in the 2012 election. Critics argued Tuesday that the measure was unnecessary and could have unintended consequences. Supporters said it would guarantee hunting rights as Nebraska's population shifts to the more urban Omaha and Lincoln.

Lincoln Sen. Amanda McGill says any group that tries to end hunting and fishing would have no political influence in Nebraska, a state with widespread support for both activities.

Omaha Sen. Steve Lathrop says the amendment could conflict with the state's ability to license hunters.

Lawmakers advanced the proposal last year through a first-round vote, but must approve it twice more.

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