Protect Hunting

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The right to hunt, fish and trap in Nebraska would be protected in the state Constitution under a proposal being debated Tuesday in the Legislature.

The proposed constitutional amendment was introduced last year but lawmakers ran out of time before debating it.

No one testified against the proposal at last year's hearing.

But Omaha Senator Ernie Chambers has filed a dozen amendments to the measure.

His proposal include protecting the right to hunt Martians, Big Foot and Osama bin Laden.

Backers of the proposal say it must be put in the constitution to prevent animal rights activists from stopping cultural and family traditions.

If passed by the Legislature, the measure would appear on the November ballot for voter approval.