For Immediate Release
March 9, 2019
Representative Marsha Judkins
Utah House of Representatives District 61
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Joint Resolution Regarding Daylight Saving Time
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (3/9/19) – On Monday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m., Representative Marsha Judkins will present 1st Sub HJR 15 to the House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee.
Efforts to address the daylight saving issue has stalled for years, in part because the Federal Government does not allow Utah to stay on daylight saving time year round – it being one of the more popular options. Currently, the Federal Government allows states only two options: to stick with the status quo or to stay on standard time. The resolution is in support of Congressman Rob Bishop’s proposal to Congress to allow states to decide whether they stay on standard time OR daylight saving time year round. With this new flexibility, Utah would finally be able to have a real policy discussion about what time zone scheme is best for our state and our citizens.
The bill will be heard just one day after Utah and 48 other states observe the annual “spring forward” tradition that sets the clocks forward by one hour. This ritual, coupled with the “fall back” portion in the fall, is based off of misguided efforts decades ago to save on energy. However, research has shown that the clock-switching scheme does not actually save energy –though there is a growing body of evidence that indicates the tradition has a negative impact on health and productivity.