Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bill Begins Discussion About the Need for Daylight Savings

Posted By on February 19, 2014, 1:19 PM

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Rep. Ronda Menlove, R-Garland passed a bill out of committee Tuesday that might spell the beginning of the end of daylight savings in Utah.---

If Menlove's House Bill 197 goes on to become law it would call for the Governor's Office of Economic Development to hold meetings to study whether to keep on springing forward and falling back, or scrap daylight savings altogether. Menlove said she's had many constituents complain of the need for the time changes throughout the year and so she decided that it ought to be a subject worth studying. She says the meetings convened would try and hear from all interested parties including senior citizens, agricultural workers, public education officials and others.

“I think just holding this meeting will allow those people who have been talking about this forever at least some validation that government is listening to their concerns,” Menlove said.

Currently only two other states-Arizona and Hawaii—don't observe daylight savings time. Committee members voted for the bill recognizing it was after all just beginning a long-term discussion on the matter but pointed out there would be objections. Besides farmers, others thought hunters would object to losing out on time for evening hunts in the fall.

For Committee chair Rep. Rich Cunningham, R-South Jordan, the crux of the issue was slightly different.

“Will this mean more light for my golf game or less light for my golf game?” Cunningham asked. The bill passed out of the committee and now moves to the House floor for full debate.

To read HB 197 click here. To contact Rep. Menlove about her bill click here. To find your representative to contact them about this bill click here. For more updates from the hill visit CityWeekly.net and follow @EricSPeterson and @ColbyFrazierLP on Twitter.

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