Kentuckians will get a chance on Nov. 6 to decide whether the state's constitution should be amended to include an article declaring their right to hunt and fish.
The proposed constitutional amendment that will appear on the ballot in a couple of weeks gives Kentuckians the official right to hunt and fish. As the state's constitution reads now, it does not establish that right.
The proposed amendment, as it will appear on the ballot, states: “The citizens of Kentucky have the personal right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, using traditional methods, subject only to statutes enacted by the legislature, and to administrative regulations adopted by the designated state agency to promote wildlife conservation and management and to preserve the future of hunting and fishing. Public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. This section shall not be construed to modify any provision of law relating to trespass, property rights, or the regulation of commercial activities.”
Some people don't understand what it means and why it will be on the ballot.
“Everybody is calling and asking what this is,” said Joanne London, county clerk for Barren County.
London's office has received several calls about the proposed amendment.
“On Thursday and Friday that was all the calls we had,” she said.
Letting Kentucky voters decide whether the state's constitution should be amended came about in 2011 when the Kentucky General Assembly adopted House Bill 1.
Rep. Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow, was a co-sponsor of the bill.
He explained there were a lot of people calling state legislators with questions concerning their future right to continue to hunt and fish. Some felt that right was being threatened.
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