States in the US Consider Scrapping DST
Lawmakers in several US states have introduced bills proposing to stay on Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanently, effectively changing the state's standard time zone by 1 hour.
Update: Wyoming Bill Shut Down
The bill to keep Wyoming on standard time all year has been rejected in the the state Senate.
Update: Iowa, Washington, and New Mexico Bills
The 3 states of Iowa, Washington, and New Mexico are also considering keeping one time zone permanently and removing DST. Michigan has added an amendment to its bill.
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Lawmakers in several US states have proposed bills to get rid of the semi-annual practice of Daylight Saving Time (DST).
Massachusetts Starts Study
In Massachusetts, a legislative commission appointed by the state started their study of the effects of abolishing DST and permanently moving the state from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST).
The study that launched this week is designed to find out which benefits, if any, can be gained from eliminating the seasonal time shifts.
Following Massachusetts' Example
All 3 bills propose to eliminate DST permanently and to move the states from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST).
A year ago Rhode Island also proposed a move to AST with the condition that it would only take effect if Massachusetts made the same move.
A bill introduced in Michigan proposes to eliminate DST and observe Eastern Standard Time (EST) statewide. A later amendment also opens for the option to keep DST all year, putting Michigan on permanent AST.
Texas, Nebraska, and North Dakota
Also in North Dakota and Nebraska, legislative efforts are underway to abolish DST and observe CST statewide. Some locations in both North Dakota and Nebraska use MST, including Dickinson, and Scottsbluff.
Iowa, New Mexico, and Washington Bills
Wisconsin and Montana Introduces Bill
Lawmakers in Wisconsin proposed a bill to eliminate DST on February 10, 2017, only to scrap it again a week later. The fact that sunset could potentially be 1 hour earlier than normal during the summer caused a social media uproar.
California Tries Again
But, on February 15, 2017 a similar bill to keep California on DST all year was proposed again by the same Assemblyman. If the bill passes the Legislature, it will be up to California voters to make the final decision.
Past US Bills to Abolish DST
A bill that would have kept Wyoming on DST all year round and moved the state from MST to CST. However, another bill proposing to keep the state on standard time all year is still to face a vote from the same committee that rejected the first proposal. It is unclear which time zone would be used as the standard if the bill passes.
In Utah, a resolution that would have put DST on the 2018 ballot failed to get enough votes.
In Colorado, a bill seeking to exempt the state from observing DST was voted down. The lawmakers are now proposing a bill to keep Colorado on one time zone all year.
No DST in 2 States
DST Rules in the US
According to section 110 of the Act, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) governs the use of DST. The law does not affect the rights of the states and territories that choose not to observe DST.