This is sure to be controversial. Wyoming’s legislators will be looking at delisting the least-populated state from the Daylight-Saving Time program. Senate File 24, a one page bill that would fix Wyoming on Mountain Standard Time, is sponsored by Sen. Stan Cooper (R-Kemmerer).
This comes as we move into an extended DST period, usually beginning the first Sunday of April and ending the last Sunday of October. A policy change enacted in 2005 has extended the DST to the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday of November.
So here is the debate:
- One group says forget setting clocks twice a year; it makes life easy; you don’t have to worry about missing church in the spring and getting to church too early in the fall; overnight workers don’t feel fatigued after working the Spring Forward day if 2 AM doesn’t magically disappear.
- Another group says not changing clocks twice a year would be a huge inconvenience! All the folks you do business with in neighboring states would be off by an hour part of the year and you would have to keep that in mind when doing interstate business.
I’m sure there are other pros and cons to this debate. What do you the people prefer? I went to college in AZ (one of two states that don’t practice DST) for five years and know what it’s like to have to keep in mind the time difference when calling home early fall or late spring. It wasn’t all that bad. I’ll give early support to this legislation!
Edited 2 PM 12-20-06 to add link to SF24; Keep up to date with your legislators at the Wyo. Legislature website