House Bill 212 was passed last week by the House Fish Wildlife and Parks Committee. The bill sets dangerous precedent by making it so easy to manipulate and modify the Constitution.
Usually it takes a 2/3 majority to amend the MT Constitution. This bill attempts to do so with a simple majority. It’s backers are hoping we’ll buy that they are not working to change the constitution by using the euphemism that they are “clarifying” that the constitution includes the right to trapping. It makes the Constitution up for grabs by future legislatures through similar such schemes.
This could even backfire against the very people who are proposing the bill. The next legislature can amend the Constitution to ban trapping, and further, if an anti-hunting legislature is in power, this precedent could restrict the right to hunt dramatically, say, hunting will be allowed only for elk. This bill weakens our Constitution drastically, and is a terrible idea.
There are many reasons to keep the constitution in tact-and I’m sure even the supporters of this nonsense could come up with their own reasons why they don’t want the Constitution to be so easy to manipulate and relegate to flopping around in the wind.
Some great Representatives voted AGAINST HB 212.
Representative and Vice Chair, Price,
Representative Z. Brown,
HB 212 now moves onto the House. It’s a bill everyone should watch.