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Washington lawmakers introduce law to stay on Daylight Saving Time all year...again

Photo: Debbie Heyer

Are you the sort of person who's eagerly awaiting the time of year when there's more sun in the evening and it isn't dark before happy hour is over? Well then some Washington senators have a bill for you.

A group of senators from the Evergreen State have filed a bill to stay on Daylight Saving Time all year round. Again. It's become a routine part of each new year, when Washington lawmakers move to eliminate switching back from Daylight Saving Time.

This year's bill is sponsored by Senators Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside), Sam Hunt (D-Olympia), and Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim). Their bill, SB 5139, would enact permanent Daylight Saving Time within the state.

Were it to be enacted, sunrise and sunset would be one hour later in the day during November to March than it is now. Supporters believe that removing the shift would lessen some of the side effects that come with Daylight Saving Time.

"I didn't really realize the problems that it creates," Honeyford told KOMO about a similar bill introduced in 2017. "There's an increased number of accidents, increased suicides, heart attacks.

"I think that it was a myth that it was designed for agriculture. I believe that it's outlived it's use."

According to Ballotpedia, Washington voters rejected Daylight Saving Time twice — once in 1952 and 1954 — but in 1960 it passed and the state has had it ever since.

The case for staying on Daylight Saving, or doing away with it entirely, hasn't found success yet. But many people believe that there's a strong case for it.

Sunday's sunset will be at 4:42 p.m.

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