Daylight Saving Time Year-Round?

If you like to spring forward but hate falling back, there’s good news out of Olympia. Dan Frizzell from the Washington State House Democratic Caucus has more.

The state House of Representatives spent part of the last day of Pacific Standard Time this winter OK’ing a bill to make Daylight Savings Time a permanent thing. We’re already on DST eight months a year, the thinking goes, so let’s get rid of 4 o’clock sunsets the other four months. Representative Marcus Riccelli, the Spokane Democrat who introduced the bill, acknowledged the convenience of sticking to one time system year-round, but he also cited health concerns as a prime consideration.

RICCELLI: “We’re going to ditch the switch.  I think a lot of people are supportive, particularly from a healthcare angle.  There’s an uptick in cardiac arrests and strokes. There’s an increase in car accidents.  But it also just makes common sense.  Nobody likes to leave work when it’s dark out, and there’s broad support to see this measure go forward.”

Riccelli pointed out that other western states, including our neighbors in Idaho and Oregon, are also looking at making DST permanent. Assuming the Senate OK’s the idea and Governor Inslee signs off, it’s still ultimately going to be in Congress’s hands. Under federal law, states can abandon daylight savings time if they want, but they can’t go the other route without federal approval.  One bright note there is the introduction this week by Florida Senator Marco Rubio of a bill that would put the whole country on daylight savings time 12 months a year. In Olympia, I’m Dan Frizzell.

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