Daylight Saving Time

Evenings will grow an hour starting Sunday, when America sets its clocks forward for daylight saving time. Wyoming’s Legislature nearly voted to ditch the biannual time change this year.

State lawmakers came close to ridding Wyoming of biannual time changes. But, alas, you’ll still have to set your clocks forward Sunday and back again in November.

On a tie vote, the Senate killed a bill to put the state on daylight saving time year-round, as allowed under federal law for states that fall entirely within one time zone. It essentially would have moved Wyoming from mountain time to central time. But even if House Bill 14 had passed, it wouldn’t have been quite so simple to ditch daylight saving time.

The bill had caveats: Three other contiguous states would need to do the same, and they would all need the federal government’s blessing.

Similar attempts have failed in most of those neighboring states in the past few years. Legislatures in Colorado, Montana, Utah and Idaho — not to mention other states from California to Florida — have all voted to keep turning their clocks back in the fall.

Supporters of permanent daylight saving time nationwide contend it would be easier on people who have a hard time adjusting their day twice a year, and it would curb a documented rise in crime, traffic accidents and health issues associated with the time shift.

But it would mean an extra hour of darkness during winter mornings, which opponents say poses a problem for schoolchildren.

Arizona is currently the only state in the Lower 48 that doesn’t observe daylight saving time, and hasn’t since 1968. But according to Time magazine (oh, the irony), a bill in Arizona’s Legislature in 2015 sought to restore the temporal ritual, citing economic challenges resulting from the discrepancy with other states.

Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, and ends the same time Nov. 3.

Cody Cottier covers town and state government. He grew up with a view of the Olympic Mountains, and after graduating Washington State University he traded it for a view of the Tetons. Odds are the mountains are where you’ll find him when not on deadline.

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