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Prop. 109 amounts to a legislative power grab

I will be voting no in November on Proposition 109. This proposition to amend the state Constitution is nothing more than power grab by politicians to take away voter-initiative rights and put all wildlife-management decisions in their hands.

If passed, Prop. 109 would limit the role of Arizona’s voters in supporting wildlife-protection policies and weaken Arizona’s ability to prevent wildlife crime. It would jeopardize previous voter-approved wildlife protections by reversing past animal-protection ballot measures and prohibit future citizen initiatives on wildlife-protection issues when the state Legislature has failed to take action.

Now, I ask: Are we ready to give up the initiative rights of citizens?

Prop. 109 will give politicians exclusive authority over wildlife issues such as hunting and fishing regulations. Instead of the state’s wildlife agency, scientists, and wildlife professionals, Arizona’s politicians would have the power to make decisions on wildlife policy based on pure politics. Do we really want politicians having exclusive say over our wildlife management in Arizona?

These questions and the vague language in Prop. 109 haunt me, and that is why I will be voting no on Prop. 109 in November.

— Michelle Andria, Phoenix

2 comments

  1. Actually, it was a citizens intiative that stopped the steel trapping of animals.
    So this proposition must not get passed. It would take away all of our
    citizens initiative rights, and give the legislature the power to oversee
    “a policy based wildlife management” approach to this issue.

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