Reid proposes federal antipolygamy task force

Accuses polygamous groups of organized crime
Law enforcement officials from three western states have urged the creation of a federal task force to combat polygamy— a proposal that members of a polygamous sect called an attack on religious freedom.

The task force proposal is included as part of the Victims of Polygamy Assistance Act of 2008, which was introduced July 23 by Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), a Mormon and outspoken critic of polygamous groups.

The bill, which was before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, aims to strengthen federal-state partnerships through sharing of information and tracking of criminal behavior of polygamist groups. The bill would also provide $2 million in grants to both victims of polygamy and state investigation teams.


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