Friday, February 05, 2010

HB 288 -- Daylight Savings Time Elimination

Deseret News:

"Over time, I've had so many constituents say they hate switching," said [Rep. Kenneth] Sumsion, [(R-American Fork)], who Wednesday introduced HB288.

So his bill, with an accompanying amendment, will open a dialogue that simply says: Pick Daylight Savings Time or pick Mountain Standard Time and stay on that all 12 months.

No more spring forward and fall back.

No more resetting the clocks in your house and trying to remember how the heck you change the time on your car's digital or face-number clocks.

Arizona is now the only state in the continental U.S. that doesn't go on Daylight Savings Time. So it is out of sync with surrounding states for part of the year.

One way or the other, depending on whether Utah legislators pick Daylight Savings Time or Mountain Standard Time, the Beehive State would join that minority.

I rather like this idea. However, I think that Rep Sumsion misspoke later in the article:

Yes, a change could mean that the sun would set in the winter around 4 p.m. "But it would be daylight" when Utahns got going in the morning, he said.

"How many of us really are enjoying the outdoors in the winter? Not many," Sumsion said.

Ski resort operators likely would have to shoo skiers and snowboarders off the slopes before the sun goes down, but they would just open an hour earlier in the morning.

Actually, if we stayed Standard Time year-round it would still get dark around 5 PM in the dead of winter. It would get dark just after 8 in the summer. If we went with Daylight Savings year-round, it would get dark at six in the winter, and just after 9 (as it does now) in the summer.

Like I said before, I like this idea, but only if we make it daylight savings year-round.


Justin said...

It's just a minor pet peeve, but there is no 's' at the end of Daylight Saving Time.

Bob said...

You learn something new every day. Thank You.

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