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Unprepared for Armageddon?

Depriving comedians and headline writers of quality material, the Wyoming House of Representatives defeated today the so-called “doomsday bill” that would have created a task force to plan for the failure or shutdown of the federal government.

The bill failed on a 27-30 vote, with three legislators excused. Rep. Ruth Ann Petroff, R-Jackson, voted for the bill, while Reps. Keith Gingery, R-Jackson, and Jim Roscoe, D-Wilson, helped kill it.

The legislation made national headlines over the last week as observers chuckled at some of the more outlandish provisions, including Wyoming instituting a draft, forming an army and ordering an aircraft carrier. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Dave Miller, R-Riverton, who has a libertarian bent.

On Friday, the House sunk Miller’s battleship by removing the aircraft carrier provision, dashing Wyoming Public Radio news director Bob Beck’s dream of becoming admiral of the Wyoming Navy.

Comics, take heart. The House did advance today the bill calling on Congress to declare New York’s Central Park a wilderness area, thereby delivering a gift to the New York tabloids. Petroff voted in favor, with Gingery and Roscoe opposing.

To follow the action from the Legislature (today is the last day for bills to pass house of origin), search hashtag #wyleg on Twitter or follow @ButterBob.

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Posted under Economy, Humor, Politics, Republican Party, Wyoming Legislature

3 Comments so far

  1. js February 28, 2012 2:10 pm

    Before voting it down, lawmakers had pared down the doomsday bill to provide just $32,000 in funding for the task force.
    The Central Park legislation, a tongue-in-cheek jab for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, is a detailed, six-page bill. It’s nuanced satire and pretty funny, but someone spent a lot of time working on it.

  2. Rob Weinstein February 28, 2012 8:26 pm

    Sad…I was actually kind of digging this bill.

  3. andy z February 29, 2012 11:04 am

    did you say zombie apocalypse?! this bill was pretty wild – and got a LOT of praises across the blogosphere. i couldn’t believe the thought of WY having an aircraft carrier. BUT, the question remains, is it bad to prepare for an economic meltdown? basic needs: water, food, energy, (aircraft carrier). what happens? $32,000 (which was cut in half) doesn’t seem like wasted money to research these issues.

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