The Conservation Article is comprised of a provision that stems from the 1902 Constitution (section 3, regarding natural oyster beds), as well as provisions that originated in the 1971 Constitution (sections 1 and 2, regarding natural resources and historical sites), along with a provision approved by voters in 2000 (section 4, regarding the right to hunt, fish, and harvest game). In providing for a separate Conservation Article, drafters of the 1971 Constitution were taking a path followed by a growing number of states in the last four decades. However, in...
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