Stockpiling ammo and building bomb shelters is so Y2K. Preparing for the potential destruction of the United States of America, lawmakers in Wyoming are laying the groundwork for how to handle a doomsday scenario with a new piece of legislation.
Wyoming’s House Bill 85 has already passed a voice vote among state representatives, and now lawmakers will have a few more chances to look over the act before it could become a law. If the bill passes further House and Senate votes and is brought to the governor, the State of Wyoming could soon have a plan in writing to remediate any economic chaos, catastrophic fallout or massive uprising that would ravage America.
Under Bill 85, the State of Wyoming would install a continuity task force to be on the ready should America experience an economic or political collapse. It would lay the groundwork for governing the state’s citizens through anything from a shortage in the food supply and a disruption in energy distribution to the complete crumbling of the US political system.
According to the legislation, lawmakers want to be prepared for the forthcoming “potential effects of the rapid decline of the United States dollar,” which the state could counter by creating their own local currency in case of emergency. Also discussed in the bill are the possibilities of a “situation in which the federal government has no effective power or authority over the people of the United States” and the notion of “a constitutional crisis,”
In short, Wyoming wants to be ready for the end of America.
“I don’t think there’s anyone in this room today what would come up here and say that this country is in good shape, that the world is stable and in good shape — because that is clearly not the case,” state Rep. Lorraine Quarberg, R-Thermopolis, told fellow lawmakers, reports the Star-Tribune. “To put your head in the sand and think that nothing bad’s going to happen, and that we have no obligation to the citizens of the state of Wyoming to at least have the discussion, is not healthy.”
The state’s Department of Homeland Security currently has plans set to handle a statewide emergency, but a complete upheaval of the American way of life poses bigger problems that Wyoming might not be ready for. In that case, say lawmakers, legislation needs to exist to protect Wyoming not just from local disasters, but from national ones. Under this bill, politicians will put forth a plan that would ready a state-wide militia to keep Wyoming under control in case of a federal emergency: the bill calls for examining how to implement a state-wide draft and the means of acquiring an aircraft carrier.
Should the bill make it through two more House votes, it would then have to pass the Senate before being ratified — if it makes it that far, of course. Wyoming is one of nearly a dozen states that have tried to establish plans for a replacement for the dollar in case of emergency in recent years, though those legislations have failed to materialize to law.