Daylight Saving Time Survives Idaho House Vote

Feb 22, 2019

If you’re a fan of working on your tan well into the night, you’re in luck. Idahoans will keep springing forward and falling back when it comes to setting their clocks.

A bill would’ve kept Idaho on standard time year-round, meaning sunset would come an hour earlier during the summer. It failed in the House Friday 15-55.

House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding (D-Boise) is an outdoor climbing guide. He says that extra time is crucial for his customers.

“They want that hour in the evening so whether they pay for guided recreation, or they simply do it on their own, this is an important piece of our community that matters and doing this will harm our communities,” Erpelding says.

Other lawmakers said it would interfere with businesses near states with different time zones. They also said it helps keep costs down for youth sports leagues, which don’t have to pay to light up their play fields.

Meanwhile, supporters of the bill argue shifting time twice a year boosts crime and takes a toll on people’s health – both mentally and physically.

Idaho legislators have tried to get rid of daylight saving time several times before dating back to at least 2001, but they’ve all failed.

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