A government report issued last week says it could take 150 years and billions of dollars for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect key portions of the Prairie Pothole region to sustain current duck populations.
Supporters of a constitutional amendment to dedicate a portion of the state sales tax for natural resources were encouraged to get assurance recently from legislative leaders that the issue will be taken up at the 2008 Legislature in February.
Last session, separate measures passed the House and Senate, and a conference committee worked out differences, but the session ended before a vote was taken.
If the Legislature approves the measure, it would be placed on the November 2008 ballot. Supporters are hoping for quick passage so they can launch a multimillion dollar campaign.