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SALT LAKE CITY -- A pair of bills in the Utah State Legislature would make the state abandon the concept of Daylight Saving Time.

But one would make Utah "spring ahead" while the other would have the state "fall behind."

House Bill 178, sponsored by Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, suggests that Utah would no longer "spring ahead."

"The state of Utah shall observe mountain standard time on a year round basis, without the observance of daylight saving time," Perry wrote in HB178.

Perry told FOX 13 that Utah would join Arizona and Hawaii in skipping the clock change. Idaho has similar legislation, Perry said.

"If Idaho does it with Utah, we would actually have a zone with Arizona, Idaho and Utah all on the same time schedule which would make the most sense," he said.

Sen. Aaron Osmond, R-South Jordan, has the competing Senate Concurrent Resolution 1, which would have Utah "spring ahead" and stay ahead.

In an interview with FOX 13 on Friday, Sen. Osmond said no other bill he's dealing with has generated such a public response.

"There are more people concerned about going back and forth or staying on this plan than any other issue we're discussing up here," he said. "Substantive issues, by the way. Things like education funding, juvenile justice, etc. People are more interested in this than anything we've discussed."

If Osmond's bill passed, Utah would be the only state to stay on Daylight Saving Time year-round, and would need permission from the U.S. Department of Transportation to do so. But it would give an extra hour of light.

"I think the most important reason is many families in Utah value the extra hour of light in the evening for family activities, outdoor activities, etc., " Osmond said. "So if we're going to have a change where we don't go back and forth, let's stay with the change that gives us the most light and pleases the most amount of citizens."

The state has been "studying" the issue for the past year. Polls have found a majority of Utahns support staying on the same time year-round, but it remains to be seen which bill advances in committee.

Concerns have been raised about computers, agriculture and tourism. Those are things lawmakers believe they have addressed.

"Most people agree, we hate the changing back and forth," Perry said.

42 comments

    • BOB

      Humans cannot create more daylight in the summer. If you want more of it in the evening go to work an hour earlier and bingo ….. now you’ve got an extra hour in the evening.

      • bob

        Humans DO set schedules, Bob, and it’s impossible to get all the humans to agree to adjust their schedules according to the daylight. Therefore, humans sometimes choose to adjust their clocks (which are just as arbitrary as schedules) to place the daylight hours where they want them to be in their arbitrary schedules.

        Go ahead and show up for work an hour early, but don’t be surprised if the door is locked.

  • Duke of Earl Grey

    I don’t really understand what the benefits are of getting off daylight savings. As it stands now, people only have to remember to change their clocks twice a year. If we had standard time forever, we’d still have to remember whether the rest of the country is on daylight time or not when we make phone calls, assuming we care whether we’re calling people too early or late. Please tell me this bill has more substance than anti-federalist emotion behind it.

    And I like 9:00 pm sunsets in summertime. What’s wrong with that?

    • Suzanne

      I agree! I love having more daylight hours in the summer. Nothing more depressing than the dark, cold days of winter. I look forward to turning my clock ahead very spring.

    • Cindi

      It’s not all about changing or not changing clocks. With all of the atomic clocks available today, this is a non-issue. Many people have trouble adjusting their internal clocks when there’s a time change. For me, the spring time change affects me worse and takes me nearly a month to get back to normal. I get terrible headaches and have sleeping problems. It gets worse as I get older, and I know many people with the same problem. It’s hard to understand if you’ve never experienced it.

  • Michael

    My kids have the hardest time adjusting. Honestly, so do I. And I don’t see that it adds any value. Get rid of it.

    • Scott

      This just in, Utah legislature debates bill to force the rotation of the Earth to slow down when Utah is receiving sunlight.

  • BRENT

    LEAVE IT ALONE DONT YOU HAVE BETTER THINGS TO THAN SCREW WITH THINGS THAT ARE ALREADY FINE DONT CHANGE THINGS DAYLIGHT SAVINGS GIVE US MORE TIME TO SPEND AND DO THINGS WITH FAMILY

  • Sorrel

    The extra hour of sunlight burns my lawn. Get rid of it I say! But seriously, Daylight Savings is silly and leaves me with the Blahs twice a year.

  • Jeffs

    Why are we working against ourselves? The whole reason the 2nd Bush administration extended daylight savings time was to reduce our energy use because we use less energy in the evenings because it it light longer. In Utah, this means we burn less coal and it helps clean our air. So, how is the legislature reconciling the fact that it is looking at ways to clean up our air, but taking us off of daylight savings time to increase our energy consumption and pollution? It doesn’t make sense. Let’s go to daylight saving time year round to reduce our bad air.

  • Sarah

    I want it lighter later all year round!!! Stay on daylight savings all year, please! Nothing more depressing than having it dark after work when I finally have freetime. It would be so nice to have it lighter an hour later in the cold dreary winter months.

  • Bode

    I’d prefer we lose the adjustment as proposed, BUT… stay on Daylight Savings time permanently (this spring would be the last switch, no switching back this fall).

    It’s a WIN-WIN!

    No productivity loss or hassle of switching ever again, and we enjoy light at the end of the day throughout the winter.

    It’s depressing driving home from work and it’s already dark. Plus, I really like the morning light. I’d no longer have to get up early to enjoy it. This solves two problems for me!

    Who’s with me?!

  • James Doohan

    An extra hour of daylight in the evening will not make up for an extra hour of darkness in the morning. In the winter, it will not get light till about 9 a.m. I don’t think that is a good trade-off. Makes for dangerous commutes to work, more dangerous for pedestrians and school children. Please make a distinction between the actual act of changing your clocks (which can be annoying) and the actual impacts of adhering to DST and not. I find the articles and surveys don’t talk about the impacts of either option, other than the false thought of an extra hour of daylight which doesn’t really matter when it is 10 degrees or less outside on a winter evening. What are all those folks who think the daylight would be nice going to do on those evenings. Go for a swim.

  • Ann Harrison

    Stay on Day light savings all year. I like it light later to spend more time out side with my family. I never could figure out the big deal about spring forward, fall backward, how did that mess up anyone’s body clock. Silly people. If not all year at least keep it for the months.

  • Finny Wiggen

    We don’t need “permission” from the federal department of transportation to all agree to change our clocks. What are they going to do, give us dirty looks if we do it anyway!

  • Emily

    I want the sun to come up earlier. I’m not sure which plan that would be. I think we should be on pacific time. I live in highland and right now the sun doesn’t come over the mountain until after 8:00 in the morning. It’s very hard to wake up in the dark. Hard for kids who go to school in the dark. And I don’t love that the sun is up until after 10:00pm in the summer. So I guess I like the staying on fall back all year? Although the sun still won’t come up early enough in the winter!!

  • Sawdust

    “If Osmond’s bill passed, Utah would be the only state to stay on Daylight Saving Time year-round, and would need permission from the U.S. Department of Transportation to do so. But it would give an extra hour of light.”
    Yea, right. Only the government can remotely believe that if you cut a foot off one end of a blanket then sew it on the other end that you have a blanket that’s a foot longer than it was. Good grief.

  • Toby

    Who cares, it fine the way it is. Man we must be a bunch of babies who can’t handle a one hour change. 1st word problems I guess. If they have to mess with it, keep it on the time we go to in the spring, I like more daylight in the summer and who wants light at 4:50am in the summer?

  • dennis browning

    REALLY? just because Arizona is dumb, means Utah has to follow???? Leave the system alone. every state should be on the same clock. if anything let Arizona follow daylight time like every other state???

  • bob

    To the extent that I care, which is not much, I’d prefer they leave the “summer hours” in place year round. I’d rather have more daylight after work than before it.

    As it stands now, twice I year I have to take 10 seconds out of my day and change the time in my microwave. It’s not much of a hardship.

  • Cory

    Sorry, but this is stupid. Our human invented time system will not change how much daylight there is. If you want to live more in the light, change your hours of operation.

    • bob

      You may have that luxury, King Cory, but the rest of us have jobs. Our schedules are set by other people. We can’t come and go as we please.

  • Debi

    I am for staying to one time all year round. This going back and forth interferes with my health and my sleeping.

  • TOM

    OK. I don’t care if Utah stays on Year Round Standard Time or Year Round Daylight Time. Just pick one and stay with it. I live in New York City and I already picked Year Round Daylight Time because its Daylight time is like 8 plus months already. With that however my pick would be year round standard time but will go along with year round daylight time.

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