Red, White & Blue 2012
To change or not to change: Idahoans to vote on whether to amend state constitution
Eric Fink reports. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
When Idaho voters go to the polls next Tuesday, they will decide whether to amend the state constitution.
House Joint Resolution 2 asks voters to consider adding language to the Idaho constitution that would forever protect the rights of fellow citizens to hunt, fish and trap on state land.
Some Idahoans view the aforementioned activities as current privileges. "You see it's not a right," Rep. Marv Hagedorn, a GOP Meridian legislator said. "That's why we're trying to protect that tradition in Idaho as a right for hunters and fishermen and trappers."
Greg Moore staunchly opposes HJR2. Moore leads a group called Idahoans Against Trapping and is the chairman of the vote "NO" on HJR2 campaign.
"Trapping serves no purpose other than to put fur coats on wealthy women in New York and Chicago or fur trim on parkas of women in Sun Valley who think their chic," Moore stated.
All chicness aside, Rep. Hagedorn says it's vital to change the constitution in order to restrict outside groups from coming to Idaho and making changes to how state agencies manage our wildlife population.
"We have unions right now coming into our state and we want to make that a little harder for outside interests to come in and change Idaho culture," the Meridian lawmaker exclaimed.
But, Moore contends a constitutional amendment is not necessary to protect Idahoans' rights that this animal-rights activist believes would never be taken away under any circumstances.
"It's a bad road to go down," Moore said. "There's no point to fix a system that isn't broken."