Seventeen states have passed amendments to protect hunting and fishing. Indiana has been trying to pass a similar “right to hunt and fish” amendment since 1998 and once again, the measure has faltered.

State Senator Brent Steele, (R-Bedford) says the amendment is more than symbolic.

“There are people that don’t believe you ought to hunt or fish. We need protection from them,” he told

The amendment failed in 2007 and was revived in 2011, this time to include protection for engaging “in the agricultural or commercial production of meat, fish, poultry, or dairy products.” Although that version passed the first time around, Indiana’s rules require amendments to pass twice with identical language.

Environmental groups argued that the new rules would make it impossible to regulate factory farming. In the face of those arguments, lobbyists representing agricultural interests withdrew their support for the amendment.

Steele has reworded the amendment and the process will start all over.