February 8, 2015 – It’s back. The push to eliminate Daylight Savings Time in Utah has resurfaced, this time in a bill introduced by Rep. Fred Cox (R-West Valley City).
The HB65 bill would exempt Utah from observing Daylight Savings Time, and states that, “The state of Utah shall observe mountain standard time on a year-round basis,
without the observance of daylight saving time.”
The bill would affect cycling in the summer months by reducing the time that many ride and race after work.
“Aligning Utah with a year round Standard Time would be a hindrance for most cyclists and the greater outdoor and tourism industry. I believe most cycling and outdoor activities occur in the afternoon and evening hours. Plus, who wants to get up at 4 AM as opposed to 5 AM to escape the summer morning heat,” said cyclist Jason Packard in regards to last year’s bill.
To contact the Legislature, visit: http://le.utah.gov/
Complete Text of HB 0065:
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill enacts a provision that exempts Utah from the observance of daylight saving
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 ▸ exempts Utah from the observance of daylight saving time.
14 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
16 Other Special Clauses:
18 Utah Code Sections Affected:
20 63M-1-208, Utah Code Annotated 1953
22 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
23 Section 1. Section 63M-1-208 is enacted to read:
24 63M-1-208. Daylight saving time exemption.
25 (1) As used in this section, “daylight saving time” means the period during a year when
26 the observed time is advanced one hour according to the provisions of 15 U.S.C. Sec. 260a.
27 (2) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary relating to the adoption
28 of daylight saving time by all of the states, the state of Utah hereby exempts all areas of the
29 state from the daylight saving time provisions contained in 15 U.S.C. Sec. 260a.
30 (3) The state of Utah shall observe mountain standard time on a year-round basis,
31 without the observance of daylight saving time.