We might be headed for a new low.

Missouri voters have been asked to amend the state’s Constitution on any number of items, from limiting taxes to allowing casinos, from stem cells to gun rights, from clamping down on billboards to raising the minimum wage.

On some of those broad issues, such as the Hancock Amendment to limit taxes, it’s an arguably good idea to hear from the voters and have them set some boundaries. But some of the ideas put forth amount to micromanagement.

Like noodling.

Yes, wading into a murky river or stream and reaching into a hollow log to grab a giant catfish by the mouth and then wrestling it to shore. There are easier ways to catch dinner. There aren’t a lot of noodlers in Missouri – it’s illegal here but legal in some neighboring states – but they are vocal.

At its root, this is a matter of science: Can the state’s population of catfish sustain this type of fishing in addition to more traditional methods? The state began a five-year experiment with noodling earlier this decade but broke it off after just two years because Department of Conservation officials were concerned that the harvest of really large fish – which account for a large amount of catfish reproduction – was endangering the population.

At best, this would be left to the professionals in the Department of Conservation, which is in the business of determining how many turkeys and deer, otters and bass can be taken without hurting the species or the environment.

People who don’t get their way, however, tend to turn to their legislators. Fair enough. Legislators taking up the cause have some choices: First, be brave and agree with the science if that where the facts lay. Second, fight the science if there’s reasonable doubt or disagreement. Third, fight the science no matter the facts because it’s what some constituents want.

There’s a fourth option, too – punt.

A bill making its way through the General Assembly would put noodling on the ballot.

Really, folks? Is there no issue so narrow or small that legislators can’t run from it? We elect leaders to decide. One of the struggles for legislators is to figure out when to vote as your constituents likely would – that’s why we call some of them representatives – and when to grit your teeth and vote for the right thing, popular or not. That tension is a fundamental part of the job, and, to be fair, the voters get that and tend to give their hired hands a good deal of latitude on this point.

Taxes, education, economic growth. These are big issues. Sometimes it makes sense to go to the voters. Casinos and stem cells. Not so big but politically touchy, so legislators take a pass. Now it’s noodling. Come on, folks. Govern. Make a decision and move on.