Wyoming 'doomsday bill' moves forward, minus aircraft carrier

2012-02-27T15:11:00Z Wyoming 'doomsday bill' moves forward, minus aircraft carrierBy JEREMY PELZER of The Casper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The Wyoming House of Representatives on Monday advanced legislation to launch a study into what Wyoming should do in the event of a complete economic or political collapse in the United States.

Before passing House Bill 85 by a voice vote on second reading, lawmakers struck out language directing the task force to study Wyoming instituting its own military draft, raising a standing army, and acquiring strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.

The bill would create a state-run government continuity task force, which would study and prepare Wyoming for potential catastrophes, from disruptions in food and energy supplies to a complete meltdown of the federal government.

The task force also would look at the feasibility of Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed.

The bill's sponsor, state Rep. David Miller, R-Riverton, has said he doesn't anticipate any major crises hitting America anytime soon. But with the national debt exceeding $15 trillion and protest movements growing around the country, Miller said Wyoming - which has a comparatively good economy and sound state finances - needs to make sure it's protected should any unexpected emergency hit the U.S.

HB85 must now pass a final House vote before heading over to the Senate for consideration.

 

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