Washington State Bill to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent
The clock shift that takes place every year for daylight saving is a well-known ritual in the United States. However, it is not a stretch to state that it is something that has often proven to be a very inconvenient chore. In a new development, the Governor of Washington State has put his signature on a bill that seeks to put the state on a daylight time permanently and to do completely do away with the clock shifts. More importantly, the bill passed through state house as well as the Senate with an overwhelming majority and went to show what lawmakers truly feel about the clock switch that takes place every year. One of the lawmakers said, “It’s part of a movement to get rid of this absurd clock-switching thing that doesn’t make sense anymore.”
States can have their standard times, but it is believed that the move will still need approval from the federal government. This is something that has been in the works for quite a while, and many states have tried to have a permanent daylight time of their own. For instance, a bill of this nature could be put to the state legislature soon, and it remains to be seen how the lawmakers react after the events that went down in Washington. Oregon has also tried to have something of this nature.
However, if more and more states move towards a permanent daylight time, then it will perhaps be a matter of time before the whole thing is constantly done away with in many other states. For instance, John Horgan, who is the premier of British Columbia, stated, that he could consider moving to a permanent daylight time if states like California, Oregon, and Washington did the same. He said, “I think we can act in unison, the four jurisdictions, and make the argument we can stay in Daylight Saving Time or Pacific Standard Time and then do it together.” If such a united front is presented, then it is highly likely that the federal government will be far better disposed towards the measure.
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