Washington’s effort to make Daylight Saving Time year-round still falling short


This year, the Washington state Legislature overwhelmingly approved year-round Daylight Saving Time.

The bill then was signed by Governor Jay Inslee and celebrated by lovers of evening daylight.

But Nov. 3, we’ll still dutifully fall back, meaning we’ll turn the clocks back one hour to Standard Time.

So what happened?

In order to “ditch the switch,” as state lawmakers called it, the state first needed to get approval from the U.S. Congress.

That hasn’t happened.

So Washington will continue to spring forward in March, and the first Sunday in November, fall back.

And Washington isn’t alone in waiting.

Seven states passed legislation this year implementing permanent Daylight Saving Time.

Congressional approval for a change is needed because of the Uniform Time Act of 1966.

But changing to permanent Standard Time is not so complicated. Any state can do that.

Arizona and Hawaii, where there’s plenty of sunshine year-round, go only by Standard Time.

Authority over time zones and changes was given to the Department of Transportation.

The Department of Transportation?

Yes, and that’s because time zones are important to many forms of transportation, was the reasoning.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida introduced “Sunshine Protection” bills in both 2018 and this year to adopt year-round Daylight Saving Time for the entire country. His bill died in 2018 and has yet to be approved this year.

President Trump has indicated he’ll sign the bill if it’s ever approved.

So, keep waiting.

And prepare for the clock to change Nov. 3.