Bill Could Help Enshrine Washington Fishing, Hunting Rights In Constitution

A resolution introduced in the Senate this morning would preserve Washingtonians’ right to fish and hunt, if approved by voters.

SJR 8206, sponsored by five Republicans and one Democrat (five from the Westside, one from 509), calls for a vote during the next general election to amend the state constitution to enshrine hunting, fishing and harvesting wildlife.

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 8206 IS COSPONSORED BY SENS. BARBARA BAILEY, JOHN BRAUN, PHIL FORTUNATO, KIRK PEARSON, MARK SCHOESLER AND DEAN TAKKO. (STATE LEGISLATURE)

It also promotes the conservation and management of wildlife and says fishing and hunting are the “preferred means” for managing critters.

The bill was referred to the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee, which is headed up by one of the cosponsors, Sen. Kirk Pearson.

It has until tomorrow afternoon to get out of that committee and into Rules to meet legislative deadlines for nonbudget bills.

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