The political website Outside the Beltway(OTB) reportS a strange bill that is making its way through the Wyoming legislature.

What makes the bill stand out from the pack is it aims to prepare the state for the collapse of the U.S. economy and political system.

The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. David Miller (R-Riverton) says that House Bill 85 seeks to create a “state-run government continuity task force” that would look at readying the state for “potential catastrophes, from disruptions in food and energy supplies to a complete meltdown of the federal government,” Doug Mataconis of OTB writes.

In order to prepare itself for such catastrophe, Wyoming may create its own currency and in an amendment that the House approved on Friday, the task force would also look at what the state would need to “implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.”

For his part, Miller said he isn’t forecasting any imminent doom and gloom, but cites the national debt, global unrest and national protest movements as reasons to secure the state. (Wyoming’s overall economy is relatively stable, as are the state’s finances.)

The state is sparsely populated, with only a little more than 560,000 residents. Its best-known attribute is Yellowstone Park. It’s state motto is “Equal Rights” – Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote in 1869.

The bill passed the House on its first reading by a voice vote.