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Right-to-hunt amendment clears Senate, will go to voters in November

The Idaho Senate meets on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)
The Idaho Senate meets on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

The Senate has voted 31-3 in favor of HJR 2, the right-to-hunt amendment to the Idaho Constitution; that's more than two-thirds, so the House-passed measure now will go to voters in November. "This is a very important step that we're taking today, and an even more important step the citizens of Idaho will take in November," Sen. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls, the measure's sponsor, told the Senate. "I maintain that this amendment does indeed clarify our rights. It tells us what we can do. It says we have a right to hunt, fish and trap, and that right shall be preserved for the people."

After that vote, the Senate adjourned for the day; they'll be back in at 9 a.m. tomorrow. The Senate Transportation Committee will meet at 1 p.m., the Senate Local Government & Tax Committee right afterward; and the Senate Judiciary Committee at 1 or just after. Senate Finance Chairman Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, said JFAC is "hoping" to meet tomorrow morning at 8, although the agenda is still in the works.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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