State Se­nate OKs bill back­ing per­ma­nent day­light sav­ing time

The Olympian - - Front Page - BY JIM CAM­DEN Spokesman-Re­view

Wash­ing­ton vot­ers may have a chance to weigh in on whether to keep the state on day­light sav­ing time all year long.

Two days af­ter res­i­dents had to set their clocks for­ward, and three days af­ter the House voted to ask Congress to let Wash­ing­ton skip re­turn­ing to stan­dard time ev­ery fall, the state Se­nate chimed in with a pro­posal of its own.

The Se­nate also ap­proved ask­ing Congress to amend fed­eral law so states can re­main on day­light sav­ing time, and that the Leg­is­la­ture would like to do that if the law changes. But an amend­ment to the Se­nate bill also calls for a ref­er­en­dum on the change to be put on the Novem­ber bal­lot.

Sen. Jim Honey­ford, R-Sun­ny­side, the bill’s prime spon­sor, said he has been work­ing on avoid­ing the semi­an­nual clock change for years be­cause stud­ies show there are more ac­ci­dents, heart at­tacks and strokes af­ter such a change. Cal­i­for­nia and Ore­gon are also tak­ing steps to stay on day­light sav­ing time year-round.

His con­tacts with vot­ers af­ter in­tro­duc­ing this all-day­light­sav­ing-time pro­posal is run­ning about 20-to-1 in fa­vor, he added, but the ref­er­en­dum would give all vot­ers a say.

“We’re send­ing a mes­sage to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., about what the peo­ple in Wash­ing­ton think about go­ing to day­light sav­ing time,” said Sen. Mark Mul­let, D-Is­saquah.

The House and Se­nate will now try to work out a com­pro­mise on dif­fer­ences be­tween the two bills be­fore the sched­uled end of the ses­sion April 28.

Leg­is­la­tion was in­tro­duced last week in Congress to al­low states to re­main on day­light sav­ing time, and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tweeted his sup­port for the change over the week­end.

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