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Amendment Protecting Hunting And Fishing Clears Committee

A Kentucky House committee has approved a constitutional amendment assuring Kentuckians’ right to hunt and fish.  The measure is House Bill One and Speaker Greg Stumbo is a primary sponsor.

“Our wildlife management folks have done a really good job controlling the herds, managing the herds, reintroducing new species like the elks and the turkeys and things like that.  And those add to the overall hunting experience and the draw that we have to bring people here.  And so it’s an economic development tool and it just needs to be protected.  I don’t see anything wrong with it,” he says.

A constitutional amendment automatically restoring voting rights to felons who have served their time also won House committee approval.  Both measures now move to the House floor.

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Dueling Clause Bill Clears House Hurdle

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

A bill that aims to eliminate the dueling clause from Kentucky’s Constitution has cleared its first hurdle in the Kentucky House.

For 160 years, Kentucky officeholders and members of the bar have been required to swear that they have not fought a duel with deadly weapons. But Louisville Rep. Darryl Owens believes the requirement is archaic and should be eliminated.

“It has no relevance to our time. And again, I think it’s as much a image thing. The image that a lot of people have of Kentucky, to be quite honest, is not very good. And this does not enhance our image in any way or fashion,” he said.

Lawmakers on a committee chaired by Owens apparently agree, voting unanimously for a constitutional amendment doing away with the dueling clause. The bill now moves to the House.