Full Statute Name:  Virginia Ballot Measure 2 (2000), Right to Hunt, Fish, and Harvest Game

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Primary Citation:  Virginia Ballot Measure 2 (2000), Right to Hunt, Fish, and Harvest Game (passed) Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  September, 2014 Date Adopted:  2000
Summary: This Virginia ballot measure passed in 2000 provided by constitutional amendment that, "The people have a right to hunt, fish, and harvest game, subject to such regulations and restrictions as the General Assembly may prescribe by general law." It passed with 60% of the vote.
Statute Text: 

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

Right to Hunt, Fish, and Harvest Game

Article XI, Conservation

New Section 4

BALLOT QUESTION

"Shall the Constitution of Virginia be amended by adding a provision concerning the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest game?"

FULL TEXT OF AMENDMENT

"Amend the Constitution of Virginia by adding in Article XI a section numbered 4 as follows:

"ARTICLE XI

"CONSERVATION

"Section 4. Right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest game.

"The people have a right to hunt, fish, and harvest game, subject to such regulations and restrictions as the General Assembly may prescribe by general law."

EXPLANATION

Present Constitution and Background

There is no provision in the present Constitution on the right to hunt, fish, or harvest game.

Under general legal principles, wild game and fish belong to the public. The Commonwealth has the power to regulate hunting and fishing in the public's interest. The General Assembly has passed many laws to regulate hunting, fishing, and trapping. Examples of these laws and regulations include provisions for hunting and fishing permits and licenses and limits on the times and seasons for hunting and fishing.

Proposed Change

The proposed amendment adds a statement to the Constitution that "the people have a right to hunt, fish, and harvest game." That right is subject to regulations and restrictions that the General Assembly enacts by general law.

It will be the job of the General Assembly to define by law the scope of the right to hunt, fish, and harvest game and the limits on that right. Laws now regulating hunting and fishing will continue in effect subject to future changes passed by the General Assembly.

If the voters approve the proposed amendment, it will take effect January 1, 2001.

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