change is necessary to preempt restrictions on hunting and fishing activities.
Fred Morrison, a University law professor, helped draft the amendment for several hunting and fishing groups. He said the amendment’s purpose is to state the policy that hunting and fishing are permitted activities, adding that it will probably never be brought to court.
“It gives guidance to the Legislature as to the kinds of restrictions that the Legislature can oppose,” he said. “Clearly, the Legislature can provide for conservation, safety and sportsmanship.”
The third amendment, if passed, would abolish the Office of the State Treasurer in the year 2003.
Morrison said the commissioner of finance has performed the office’s duties for years.
Although the amendment doesn’t specify who would take over specific duties, Morrison said that would be worked out over time.
“The position would remain for the next four years, so the Legislature would have a chance to decide where everything goes,” he said.
Passage of any of the three amendments would require a majority of voters to cast a “yes” vote at the polls.
Therefore, anybody who votes, but fails to check either box for the amendments, is essentially casting a “no” vote.