Daylight savings goes into effect on November 2 at 2 a.m., but while the majority of the nation will be winding clocks back an hour before they go to bed Saturday, some won’t be “falling back” with the rest of us. The bi-annual practice of pulling our clocks off the wall and resetting microwaves is a must – otherwise we’ll be way late (or early, depending on the season) and have to make up excuses for our mismanaged timekeeping.
However, Utah lawmakers are considering a proposal to scrap the daylight savings measure. UPI on Oct 21 said that State Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, and state Sen. Aaron Osmond, R-South Jordan, are pushing for Utah to jettison the so-called energy-saving initiative.
“I’ve got parents frustrated because their kids are going to school in the dark,” Perry said. Writes UPI: “Sixty-seven percent of the survey’s respondents said they preferred to stay on Mountain Standard Time year round, 18 percent believe in daylight saving time all year and 15 percent like the current system.” Approximately 30,000 Utahns responded to the survey.
“That tells me this is an issue people want to deal with,” Perry added. While only two states currently do not follow daylight savings practices, a handful of other states are looking at abolishing it as well. Colorado, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming all have discussed dumping daylight savings.
According to the Washington Post, against the potential change in Utah are “recreational and tourism groups such as Ski Utah, the Utah Tourism Industry Association and Farmington, Utah, amusement park Lagoon.”
“The net result would basically be one less hour of significant operation and revenue per day,” said Dick Andrew, Lagoon’s marketing VP. “We believe this would also be the case for the travel and tourism industry across the state.”
One group that did not weigh in against getting rid of daylight savings, surprisingly, were farmers. Perry said the Utah Farm Bureau’s Association showed that 70 percent of its members actually supported dropping daylight savings.
So when did the U.S. actually adopt the light-saving practice? Germany and its allies got on board in 1916 during World War I, mainly as a coal-conserving practice. But it wasn’t until the war was winding down, in 1918, that DST was adopted in the United States. On March 19, 1918, the Standard Time Act was established. But it quickly went away because it was so unpopular; Congress abolished DST, overriding a veto from President Woodrow Wilson.
Initially, each state was allowed to practice DST if they wished, which you can imagine caused some confusion. So the result was the Uniform Time Act of 1966, which mandated standard time within each of the established time zones and allowed for the advancing and turning back of time as we know it today.
There are a couple states that refuse to get on board however. Can you name them? Hawaii and most of Arizona don’t observe it. Arizona tried it for one year starting in 1966, hated it, and never went back. Hawaii is closer to the equator and experiences much less variance in daylight, so they are all good out there in the Pacific.