LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Hunters, fishermen and trappers in Nebraska would have those sporting rights locked into the constitution under a possible ballot measure.
Omaha Sen Pete Pirsch pitched his measure Thursday as a pre-emptive defense against attempts by animal rights groups to limit the practice. Opponents called the amendment proposal unnecessary and too frivolous to merit placement in the state constitution.
Pirsch said he modeled his proposal after an Oklahoma law. He pointed to laws passed in California, New Jersey and Michigan that have prohibited various types of hunting.
Pirsch’s measure would place the question on the November 2012 general election ballot. To pass, proposal would need majority support from at least 35 percent of the voters who participated in the election.