Doomsday bill moves forward, minus the aircraft carrier

By JEREMY PELZER Star-Tribune capital bureau | Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012 11:28 am | (3) Comments

Related: Wyoming lawmaker introduces doomsday bill

CHEYENNE—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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The Wyoming legislature, closest to the people (sovereigns) in their state, are introducing this HB85 on behalf of the people.  If passed, because of the balance of powers in our representative government, the bill goes through the House to the Senate and if passed, it goes to the Governor.  He signs it (makes it law) or vetoes it (sends it back to the House with objections noted) — separation of powers with no power over another, representing the power of the people by consent of the people — a constitutional state government.

For details on the Wyoming legislative process, see:

Here is an excerpt:    –SB


The Flow Chart appearing at the back of this booklet provides a “thumbnail” sketch of the step by step process a House bill or Senate file follows from initial introduction to final enactment.

A more detailed description of each step in the legislative process is provided in the publication, “Extract from The Wyoming Manual of Legislative Procedures” available free of charge at the information desk in the Capitol rotunda.

The rather complicated process a bill follows in becoming law can be summarized as consisting of four principal stages: Committee action; Floor action; Conference committee action; and Action by the Governor.

1. Committee Action.

Following introduction and first reading, a bill is assigned to a standing committee of the House or Senate for discussion and consideration. The committee may hold public hearings on the bill (see information below on how to obtain notice of scheduled committee hearings.) The committee then reports back its favorable or unfavorable recommendation on the bill to the full House or Senate and the bill is placed on “General File” awaiting floor action.

2. Floor Action.

A bill receiving a favorable report by a standing committee is then ready for “floor action” by the entire body of the House or Senate. This means the bill will be subject to debate and amendment on the floor of the House or Senate by all the members during Committee of the Whole, and then again on 2nd and 3rd readings. A final vote on the bill is taken following third reading.

3. Conference Committee Action.

To become law, a bill must be passed in identical form by both houses of the Legislature. Upon passage by the first house, the bill is sent to the second house where it is again subject to committee and floor action and possible amendment in the second house as described above. If the bill passes the second house without amendment, it is immediately sent on to the Governor for approval or veto. If the bill is amended by the second house, however, additional steps are necessary to complete Legislative action on the bill.

Since a bill must be passed in identical form by both houses of the Legislature, a bill amended in the second house must be returned to the first house to determine if the house of origin will agree or “concur” in the amendments of the second house. If the first house concurs, action on the bill is finished and it is enrolled and sent on to the Governor.

If the house of origin does not concur in the amendments of the second house, the bill is assigned to a conference committee to attempt to work out the differences. If both houses subsequently approve the report of the joint conference committee, the bill is deemed enacted and is then sent on to the Governor.

Please see this citizen’s guide to the Wyoming legislative process for details:

4. Action by the Governor.

Before any bill passed by the Legislature becomes law it must be presented to the Governor. If he approves the bill, he signs it. If he disapproves (vetoes) the bill, he returns it to the house of origin with his objections.

The House and Senate may override the Governor’s veto by a vote of two-thirds of the members elected to each body.

If any bill sent to the Governor during the session is not signed by him and is not returned within three days (Sundays excepted) it becomes law without his signature. If the Legislature adjourns before the three days have passed, the bill becomes law unless the Governor, within fifteen days after the Legislature adjourns, files his objections to the bill with the Secretary of State.