Thatcher says her office has been in contact with legislators in Washington and
California and they are enthusiastic about people not having to change their clocks again.” Senator Thatcher introduced SB 99 in 2015 to end the unnecessary
time change. Since then, other states including Washington, California, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah have all introduced legislation similar to Thatcher’s.
“I am reaching out to the other legislators in these states to try to build a coalition around this issue” said Thatcher.
In the coming weeks, Senator Thatcher plans to conduct a conference call with as many of these legislators as possible. Washington State Sen. Jim Honeyford’s (R-Sunnyside) office was happy to work with Senator Thatcher on this issue and released the following:
“Daylight Savings Time has proven to be more trouble than it’s worth. Most of the supposed benefits, giving farmers more time in their fields, today seems quaint due to heavy mechanization while the harms are all too real. Studies have shown that the practice has led to an increased number of traffic accidents, as well as a higher rate of suicide. There are also health problems generally within the week of switching times back and forth.”
If the state legislatures agree to end the time change, they will then petition the Federal government for a change.