Friday, January 20, 2006
Attorney General Mark Shurtleff testified before the Senate Human Services Committee in favor of HB30, which would allow homeless, runaway and forsaken teens to seek legal emancipation from their parents. Shurtleff said the bill would assist in efforts to help the so-called "lost boys" - youths shunned by their elders in polygamous communities straddling the Utah-Arizona border. Committee members unanimously endorsed HB30, but not before lawmakers pressed the state's top prosecutor for a progress report on enforcement of crimes within polygamous communities. Lawmakers asked Shurtleff if there is more the state could do to penalize polygamists who abandon their children. A Salt Lake City attorney recently prepared a mock-up of a bill that would do just that, said House committee leader Rep. Bradley G. Last. The St. George Republican suggested such a tool might be used by law enforcement to infiltrate notoriously insular polygamous sects.
Posted by Obstructionist at 12:02 PM