11 states including WA attempted to get rid of daylight saving time last year, but failed
SEATTLE – Do you hate the time change? You’re not alone.
Only 37% of Americans see the purpose of falling back in November and springing forward in March, according to a Rasmussen Report from 2013.
Which makes sense why last year eleven states attempted to pass bills that would allow them to opt out of daylight saving time. But most of those measured failed to get out of committees.
Currently, only two states, Arizona and Hawaii do not recognize the Uniform Act of 1966 which established daylight saving time throughout the United States.
Those states are permanently on standard time.
Here’s the list of states which considered opting out:
- New Mexico
Digging a little deeper into our West Coast states.
A pair of state House and Senate bills were discussed in Washington. Proponents cited studies linking the time change to an increased risk of heart attacks and car crashes. But both bills failed to get out of committee.
In Oregon, a Senate bill would have put the decision to the voters. Opponents said if the legislation passed it would be chaotic for the state and its residents to depart from its West Coast neighbors.
The Senate committee adjourned in July 2015 without voting on the bill.
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