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Tennessee Legislative Update on SJR 44

Friday, May 13, 2005

SJR 44, a proposed amendment to the State Constitution providing citizens with the "Right to Hunt and Fish," is finally in a form that legitimately protects sportsmen against attacks from radical animal "rights" organizations. On May 12, Senator Jeff Miller (R-Cleveland) worked diligently on the floor to win approval of an amendment that protects against politically motivated bans on the hunting of certain species, such as bear and dove, or bans on the use of certain implements or methods, such as archery equipment. This was important because the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has contended in meetings with NRA representatives that it should be allowed to retain the ability to prohibit certain types of hunting for political, not biological, reasons. This, of course, is precisely what sportsmen must be protected against. Senator Miller understood this and fought for your rights. Please call Senator Miller’s office at (615) 741-3794 and thank him for his efforts on your behalf. Also, it is critical that you call your Senator and ask him/her to continue to support SJR 44 with the Miller Amendment that was adopted on Thursday.

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