Washington Could Go To Mountain Standard Time

Washington Could Go To Mountain Standard Time

No More "Spring Forward, Fall Back"

OLYMPIA, WA – Clarkston and Pullman could have a different time from Lewiston and Moscow if things change according to a Washington State Senate bill.  Senate Bill 5139 would do away with changing your clocks twice a year and set a single year-long time.  The confusing part of the bill is which time to use.  The bill cites a push in the U.S. Congress to use Daylight Saving Time and the state would go along with that.  If Congress doesn’t enact a bill, the state could use Mountain Standard Time.  Here’s the bill’s wording:

The legislature intends to observe daylight saving time year-round if authorized by the United States congress; and also review the potential impact time zone has on communities along the border between Washington and other states to determine whether the state should seek authorization through the United States department of transportation to change Washington state to mountain standard time year-round if year-round daylight saving time is not authorized by congress.

The bill cites several reasons for simplifying the clock switch including disrupting agriculture scheduling, an increase in suicide rates, and the fact that changing increases traffic accidents and heart attacks.

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