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State passes law to make daylight savings time permanent


April 24, 2019

Library of Congress

REVERSING THE TREND: Used to be that everyone wanted time to change twice a year, but there's a trend now to change that. Yesterday the Washington Legislature passed a bill to make Daylight Savings time permanent in the state. It now requires congressional approval.

Legislation to make daylight saving time the year-round standard passed the Washington State House of Representatives yesterday by a margin of 90 to 6 and now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee for signature. According to a report in the Seattle Times, Inslee is inclined to sign the bill. Because the U.S. Congress must approve any change in a state's standard of time, the measure then go before Congress. Both Washington senators have indicated they will support the bill at the federal level. The bill will put Washington on Pacific Daylight Time year-round. House Bill 1196 was introduced by Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, and gained traction over the course of the session, passing the House on March...

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