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Lawmakers target ties with Islamic advocacy group
by Dana Ferguson
South Dakota government agencies would have to cut ties — if any exist — with the country's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group under a bill backed by a dozen state legislators.
Sen. Stace Nelson, R-Fulton, brought a resolution calling for state government and law enforcement officials to suspend and avoid communication with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The organization does not have an office or a registered lobbyist in South Dakota.
"It's important that we as lawmakers and the people of South Dakota become aware of the real present threat that this organization presents to South Dakotans and the United States," Nelson said Tuesday.
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