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(SD)-Executive Board Rejects Pringle Compound Study Request

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/19/2017 02:02 AM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Legislature's Executive Board decided Tuesday which topics to study ahead of the 2018 session, and one that failed to make the cut was District 30 State Representative Tim Goodwin's request to look into the Southern Hills compound of a secretive polygamous sect.

      More than 20 proposals, but the only ones selected studies of workforce housing and nonmeandered waters, bodies of water that weren't specially designated during government surveys in the late 1800s, leaving issues of management and public access unclear.

     Goodwin, midway through his first term, says the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has refused to release any significant information about its security-fenced compound near Pringle...raising questions on everything from how many people live there to whether polygamy or sex trafficking are taking place there.
        House Speaker Mark Mickelson said it's up to law enforcement to investigate but. Goodwin, whose district includes the compound, says he's not "giving up the fight."


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