Should Daylight Saving Time Be Made Permanent?

Year-round Daylight Saving Time could be subject of referendum in Washington state Suggested lead: Washingtonians might get to vote next fall on making daylight savings time permanent. Dan Frizzell from the Washington State House Democratic Caucus has that story.

Permanent Daylight Savings Time: It’s an idea people seem to either love or hate, and polls show the love side way out ahead. California and Florida voted overwhelmingly to make DST a year-round thing, Oregon is looking at the idea, and if state Representative Marcus Riccelli gets his way, Washington will vote on a referendum in November to get rid of “fall back” forever. Riccelli, a Spokane Democrat, has more than a dozen Democratic and Republican cosponsors on his bill. He cites health factors as just one reason to stick with Daylight Savings.

RICCELLI: “There’s an uptick in cardiac arrests and strokes, there’s an increase in car accidents. Permanent Daylight Savings will bring better health outcomes, but it also just makes common sense. Nobody likes to leave work when it’s dark out and I think there’s broad support to see this measure go forward.”

Getting there isn’t a simple as just passing a bill.  The federal government has to approve such a change, and Riccelli is hoping a big yes on a statewide referendum will help make the case to the feds. In Olympia, I’m Dan Frizzell.