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Utah Wildlife Referendum Here to Stay

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to a state constitutional amendment that requires a two-thirds majority to pass wildlife initiatives.

Utah voters approved the amendment in 1998, but it was challenged by groups that said it was too restrictive and discouraged people interested in proposing ballot measures.

A federal judge ruled that the amendment does not infringe on free speech rights. Last year the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals last upheld that ruling.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said today that the Supreme Court refused to hear the case.

Groups including the Initiative and Referendum Institute, Humane Society of the United States and the Fund for Animals challenged the requirement.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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