As previously reported, state lawmakers have been looking at a ban on the use of lead shot in mourning dove hunting. Environmental advocates say the shot is hurting wildlife populations, while those who oppose the ban say it affects only the animal that ingests it, not the population as a whole. On Tuesday, the Senate Natural Resources Committee voted to overturn that ban.
Senator Sandy Greiner says most of the comments she has received about the ban have come from sources outside of Iowa. She says the issue has been embraced by the Humane Society, and she has received many e-mails from the group outside of Iowa.
She doesn’t know why outside parties try to get involved with Iowa’s politics, and the number of e-mails she has received from outside of the state make it difficult to hear concerns from her constituents. There has been no word on whether the lead shot ban will be considered by the full senate.