Washington State House Passes Permanent Daylight Savings Time Bill

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The state of Washington is set to do away with twice-yearly clock changes during spring and fall. A bill to put Washington state permanently on daylight saving time has passed the state House of Representatives 90-6.

The bill is now headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk to be signed into law. After that, the change would need approval at the federal level — but the chance of that happening is unclear. Federal law would have to change to allow states to remain on daylight saving time. Federal law allows states to permanently adopt standard time, but prohibits the year-round adoption of daylight time.

Washington would start permanent daylight saving time the first Sunday in November after federal approval, according to the law. The law was initially sponsored by state Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, but it has received broad bipartisan support from cosponsors like state Rep. Gael Tarleton, D-Seattle, to state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley.

The state Senate passed the daylight saving bill last week. The House passed the measure Tuesday 90-6.