South Dakota lawmaker seeks study of polygamous sect outpost

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A South Dakota lawmaker says he is tired of people looking the other way when it comes to the secretive polygamous sect outpost in his district.

Now, Representative Tim Goodwin wants legislators to look into the compound, including why no birth or death records have been filed from there over the last decade.
Goodwin is proposing that lawmakers find out more about the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' compound near Pringle.
He says it's wrong to have a place in South Dakota where you don't know the population, whether it has a home schooling program and whether polygamy or sex trafficking are taking place there.

Rep. Tim Goodwin says, "Everybody always says, 'well, they have constitutional rights.' I'm as big a constitutionalist as anyone, but really the only person that has a constitutional right down there is the guys my age, the elders, the elder men. The rest don't have any, they don't even know there is a constitution. They're totally blocked from society, there's no TV, newspapers, radio."

Goodwin says lawmakers will decide Tuesday on the issues to study this summer ahead of the 2018 legislative session when the legislature's executive board meets in Pierre.