Proponents of SJR10, which would require a two-thirds majority to pass any ballot initiative affecting the taking of wildlife, assert that this resolution, if enacted, ensures wildlife in Utah will be managed and enjoyed by all Utahns and not be controlled or manipulated by out-of-state special interests.
I am curious as to which special interests they feel are so cunning, secretive, conniving and clever that they can outwit Utah's voting population, requiring that we change the standards at the ballot box to require a two-thirds majority for only wildlife issues.As a voting resident of Utah, I am personally insulted that this bill has even been introduced, much less passed in the Legislature. The residents of Utah can think, and vote, for themselves. Please do not tell us we are incapable of intelligent decisions on wildlife issues or are likely to be duped by these mysterious "out-of-state special interests."
SJR10 is the first constitutional amendment of its kind in U.S. history, singling out a specific issue and holding it to a higher standard at the ballot box, establishing a dangerous precedent. If it's passed, Utah would be the first state to limit the freedom of its citizenry to affect public policy in a single arena, in this case wildlife issues. There would be nothing to stop future legislatures from deciding the public cannot think and vote competently on other issues, such as education, transportation or taxes. We urge the residents of Utah to defeat SJR10, saying "we can think, we can vote. Do not muzzle us."
Martin and Anne Steitz