During the last legislative session, Washington passed a bill to permanently keep the state in Daylight Saving Time. So why are we still rolling our clocks back at 2 a.m. on Nov. 3?
‘No good reason’ for Daylight Saving says UW Medicine
There were a few bills this past legislative session that would have kept us on one time or another all year long. In the end, it was Washington State Democratic Rep. Marcus Riccelli’s bill that made it to the governor’s desk.
Riccelli’s bill moves Washington to permanent Daylight Saving Time — that means the sun rises later and sets later, giving us extra daylight in the afternoon like we do in summer. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the bill into law in May, and Riccelli had initially hoped we could avoid having to fall back in November.
“We want to ditch the switch and end this annoying practice, [but] we’re not where we want to be,” said Riccelli.
In order for Washington to remain on Daylight Saving Time for good, one of two things needs to occur: U.S. Congress passes legislation granting the state a federal waiver, or the U.S. Secretary of Transportation approves the move himself.
Riccelli suspects the latter of the two options is the most viable, given the speed (or lack there of) legislation tends to move at in Congress.
Meanwhile, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has a bill in Congress proposing the entire country adopt year-round Daylight Saving Time.
While that inches its way though the U.S. Senate, Washington remains in a holding pattern