By a vote of 38 – 10, the Indiana Senate passed SJR 7 regarding the “right to hunt & fish.” It’s already passed through the General Assembly once. (See the prior discussion here from 2011; and a proto-version of the bill from 2005) If it passes the house, it will go on to the ballot for the public to vote on.
It would add to the state constitution a provision that says:
The people have a right to hunt, fish, harvest game, or engage in the agricultural or commercial production of meat, fish, poultry, or dairy products, which is a valued part of our heritage and shall be forever preserved for the public good, subject only to laws prescribed by the General Assembly and rules prescribed by virtue of the authority of the General Assembly. Hunting and fishing shall be the preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. This section shall not be construed to limit the application of any provision of law relating to trespass or property rights.
Is this addressing a problem? Does it limit the government in some fashion that should be more explicit? It’s either so innocuous it shouldn’t be cluttering up the Constitution, or so opaque in its intent that its intent should be made more explicit. But, who wants to be the legislator who votes against hunting & fishing? Somebody ought to float a puppy amendment.