April 28: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on same-day aerial wolf hunting:

Posted: Monday, May 01, 2000

Political rhetoric aside, the Legislature's action in adopting -- over the governor's veto -- a bill to permit same-day aerial hunting of wolves followed precisely steps outlined in the Alaska Constitution.

Opponents of the bill expressed outrage, saying it trampled on the wishes of the people as reflected in a 1996 initiative that banned same-day kills by people hunting wolves from airplanes.

Indeed, the 42-17 vote to pass the bill despite Gov. Tony Knowles' veto reversed the 1996 action. But the Constitution permits this, in very specific terms -- allowing the legislators to repeal a law passed by initiative any time two years after its enactment. This has not been mentioned by those angered by the legislative action last week.

The new law allows same-day aerial hunting only in areas where the state Board of Game has established a wolf-control program.

And the Legislature did things constitutionally -- like it or not.

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