(04/06/2002)
The state Supreme Court announced Friday that it has refused to consider a petition that sought to overturn West Virginia's Sunday hunting law.

The court ruled 4 to 1 not to hear the state Farm Bureau's request. The ruling means elections will be held in at least 35 counties on May 14th on whether Sunday hunting should be banned on private property.

Farmers and land owners took the issue to court after the state Division of Natural Resources announced it would interpret the law to allow Sunday hunting unless voters banned it.

Lawmakers contend when drafting the bill they thought they were writing legislation that allowed Sunday hunting only in counties that approved it by referendum.

The Farm Bureau wanted the court to force DNR Director Ed Hamrick to enforce the law as lawmakers originally intended, or to declare the law invalid.


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