Senate votes to pass bill to enforce birth and death reports
PIERRE, S.D. — State senators passed a bill today that will penalize those who don’t report birth or death certificates, moving it to Governor Kristi Noem’s desk.
After making its way through the legislature, House Bill 1110 passed the Senate in a 33 to 0 vote. The bill was created to hold a religious sect near Pringle accountable for not reporting any such certificates since it was established a decade ago.
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) is an unaffiliated offshoot of the Mormon Church that set up its compound miles away from any towns. It is unknown how many people live in the compound, and no records exist for births or deaths within its 140-acre boundary.
If signed into law, it would be considered a class 2 misdemeanor to not report births or deaths, carrying a penalty of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.
For information regarding this FLDS and the beginning stages of this bill, click here.