Pro-Hunting Measure in Kansas Faces Final Legislative Vote

A measure designed to protect hunting, fishing and trapping in Kansas faces a final legislative vote that will determine whether it goes on the ballot in November.

The Senate planned to take final action Thursday on a proposal to add a new provision to the state constitution’s Bill of Rights declaring that people have a right to hunt, fish and trap.

It would also declare that public hunting and fishing are “a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.”

The House overwhelmingly approved the proposed constitutional change last month. If senators also approve it by a two-thirds majority, voters will get their say.

While a few lawmakers have questioned the need for such a constitutional amendment, others have said they want to protect activities people have grown up pursuing.