CHEYENNE—The Wyoming House of Representatives on Tuesday narrowly voted down legislation 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, which has received national media attention in recent days, was rejected 30-27 in a final House vote.
The bill would have created 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 have looked at the feasibility of Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed.
The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. David Miller, R-Riverton, previously said he didn’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.