Tenn. Senate Approves Constitutional Amendment Protecting Hunting Rights

Sen. Jackson's legislation on track to go to voters this fall

Thursday, January 28, 2010

State constitutional protection of Tennesseans' right to hunt and fish passed unanimously in the Senate Thursday and is on track to go to voters this fall, according to Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson.

“This is an important day not just for the thousands of sportsmen in Tennessee, but for anyone who supports the protection and conservation of our natural resources,” Sen. Jackson said.

Sportsmen spend more than $1.3 billion annually on hunting- and fishing-related expenses in Tennessee, according to 2006 U.S. Census Bureau data. Many of those dollars support the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, which protects endangered species and natural areas throughout the state. Sen. Jackson said those funds directly preserve jobs and opportunities for families and small businesses.

The constitutional amendment passed 31-0 after its third and final reading Thursday. Pending House approval, the amendment will go to a public ballot this November, where it will require a simple majority of the voters who cast a vote in the governor’s race.

The amendment provides for the personal right to hunt and fish within state laws and property rights. It allows for hunting and fishing of non-threatened species through traditional means, “consistent with the state's duty to honor this heritage and its duty to conserve and protect game and fish.”

"All of Tennessee benefits when a parent takes a child hunting and fishing, as opposed to taking a child to a shopping mall," Sen. Jackson said. "The tradition of hunting and fishing is worth defending."

The text of the amendment can be found HERE.


Big Brown Trout Caught In Chattahoochee River Becomes New Georgia State Record

Catching a big fish is great, how about if the first fish you catch that day is a new state record?   Chad Doughty, 27, of Winder hooked and “battled” the new state record brown trout for about 45 minutes while kayak fishing on the Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam on July 27. Mr. Doughty, using a rooster tail with spinning tackle on 6 lb line, even had to abandon his ... (click for more)

Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Brown's Ferry Kayak Tour Aug. 2 The National Park Service will join Outdoor Chattanooga for a special historical tour of Brown's Ferry by kayak on Sat., Aug. 2, beginning at 9 a.m.  Paddle the TN River around Williams Island and the entrance to the TN River Gorge while an interpretive ranger from  Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park ... (click for more)

City Council Presents Potential Ordinance To Address Noise Level Downtown

Members of the Chattanooga City Council presented a potential ordinance to address concerns about the noise level downtown. If passed, the ordinance will put limits to both dB(A) and dB(C) levels of sound. It was noted, "When we compare our dB level, it is clear that Chattanooga is lower than Nashville and Knoxville." However, this comparison only takes dB(A) levels into consideration. ... (click for more)

Harr Outlines $40 Million Plan For Chattanooga Light Rail System

Outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Ron Harr on Monday outlined a $40 million plan for a Chattanooga light rail system that would serve not only downtown, but also the Airport and the Enterprise South Industrial Park. In a speech to the Chattanooga Engineers Club, Mr. Harr said most cities looking at such an ambitious plan "would be facing costs of over a billion dollars." ... (click for more)

Senator Bob Corker: An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Wamp Refuses To Stoop

With less than two weeks before the Aug. 7 th election and the last week of early voting now underway in Hamilton County, Congressional challenger Weston Wamp sounded upbeat and relaxed early yesterday afternoon. “I’m pleased to say that I believe we are right where we need to be … maybe even more than we had hoped.” Wamp, who is challenging two-term incumbent Chuck Fleishmann ... (click for more)