AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The state Senate has approved a proposed constitutional amendment guaranteeing Texans’ right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.
The upper chamber, on a 27-3 vote Wednesday, sent the measure to the House. The plan could go before voters in November.
The sponsor, Conroe Republican Sen. Brandon Creighton, says the amendment seeks to “preserve the heritage and future of hunting and fishing” by solidifying it in the Texas Constitution.
Creighton says 18 other states have approved similar measures – necessary since some states have shortened hunting seasons or limited what animals can be hunted.
The amendment wouldn’t affect any current laws, nor would it scrap local ordinances banning discharging guns within city limits.
Creighton says he wants to ensure that hunting and fishing remain part of the identity of Texans.