"It's probably going to have to be challenged at some point through the court system, and we believe it will be at some point," President Woody Barth said. But, he added, the Farmers Union had no immediate plans to challenge the amendment.
Maxwell said that while the Humane Society did not formally oppose the ballot measure, it had urged people to think long and hard about its possible ramifications.
The right now guaranteed to North Dakota farmers and ranchers "is one of the broadest that I've ever seen in the country," said Maxwell, a former Missouri lawmaker and lieutenant governor. A constitution "is the people's law. All of us have respect for that, but it is something that is more challenging to change, takes a longer period of time. We should always be cautious what we put into our people's law."
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