Washington lawmakers want to stop changing the clocks twice a year
OLYMPIA, Wash. — When Washington lawmakers head back to work on Monday, one hot topic up for discussion – whether or not to keep the state on daylight saving time.
A bill sponsored by state Senators Sam Hunt (D), Jim Honeyford (R) and Kevin Van De Wege (D) was pre-filed Friday to potentially keep clocks consistent throughout the year in Washington.
The bill cites research that has shown that changing to and from daylight saving time twice per year can result in greater risks of heart attacks, increased traffic accidents and more frequent workplace injuries.
A 2016 economic study calculated the estimated cost to cities due to these negative effects of changing clocks on workers. According to the study, the Tri-Cities alone lost $325,878 due to observing DST.
Contrary to popular belief, Benjamin Franklin did not propose daylight saving time, though he did suggest a seasonal time change in the 1700s. George Hudson, a New Zealand scientist, proposed the idea of daylight saving in 1895. Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada, was the first city in the world to enact DST in 1908 and Germany was the first country to do so in 1916. The U.S. adopted DST in 1918, but it wasn’t officially standardized until 1966.
There are a few states that don’t observe daylight saving time – Arizona and Hawaii. In November, people in California voted to stay on daylight saving time year-round. The measure now has to be approved by state legislators as well as Congress.
This is not the first time Washington senators have considered a bill to end daylight saving time. In 2017, a senate bill proposed that the state of Washington be exempt from DST and for year-round pacific standard time to be implemented.