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(SD)-Birth-Death Reporting Bill Advances To House Floor

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/31/2019 12:36 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota  House Judiciary Committee has overwhelmingly approved a bill imposing a criminal penalty for failing to report births and deaths.

      Representative Tim Goodwin of Rapid City is the sponsor and says the bill stems from concerns about the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a polygamous sect with a fenced compound in the Black Hills near Pringle.
 
        South Dakota law requires births and deaths to be reported, but the state Dept of Health said in 2017 that no such records had ever been filed from the compound's address despite one former resident saying a number of births had occurred at the site, including 2 of her own children.
    
       The 140-acre outpost opened more than a decade ago, but Goodwin says this the first time lawmakers have tried to do something about it.


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