The Wyoming House of Representatives narrowly voted down the so-called Doomsday Bill legislation, which was to launch a study into what the state should do in the event of a complete economic or political collapse in the United States.
House Bill 85, known as the Doomsday Bill, which has received national media attention in recent days, was rejected 30-27 in a final House vote in Wyoming.
It was a unique legislation aimed at helping citizens in the event of economic or political collapse. Now, the state’s lawmakers have shot it down, a proposal that would have resulted in a task force and plan of action in case of a federal meltdown. It still doesn’t address the question on what would happen if the union collapsed.
According to State Rep. Dan Zwonitzer (R-Cheyenne) lawmakers did not spend any time debating the bill before they voted upon it.
“There was no discussion on it today,” he said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “It went up and we voted.”
The bill would have set up an exploratory team to create a strategy for securing energy, potentially replacing state currency in the event that the U.S. dollar collapsed and a military, complete with an aircraft carrier for the landlocked state. The military amendment was a tongue-in-cheek addition from an opponent who thought the rest of the measure was a waste of time.
Republican state Rep. Kermit Brown says the aircraft carrier plan injected “a little bit of humor into the bill.”
The absurdist provision brought enough attention that the bill’s sponsor, Republican state Rep. David Miller, thinks it killed the proposal.
Miller says the risk of catastrophic government failure is real given the present course in Washington D.C. and Europe, although he has said in the past that he doesn’t anticipate anything happening on a massive scale in the near future.