No More Daylight Savings Time In Idaho?
Twice a year we go through this celebration or disappointment depending on whether the clocks are falling back or springing forward. We seem to treasure that one more hour of sleep so much yet we will stay up late on a random weeknight and lose that coveted hour at least once a month. Our priorities may be screwed up but dang it who needs daylight savings time anyway! Apparently Christy Zito heard us because ktvb reported that :
The House State Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to send to the full House the measure brought forward by Republican Rep. Christy Zito.
Zito introduced similar legislation last year, but it failed in the House on a 55-15 vote
Zito says changing the clock forward and back is a health and safety risk that results in increased heart attacks and traffic crashes.
Some lawmakers voiced concerns that the bill didn't contain information on how such a change would be put in place.
Clearly there are some kinks to work out before we no longer have to lose our prized one hour of sleep once a year but since we're on the subject I figured I would include some history from the ever dependable wikipedia:
Daylight saving time (DST), also daylight savings time or daylight time (United States and Canada) and summer time (United Kingdom, European Union, and others), is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months so that darkness falls later each day according to the clock. A common implementation of DST is to set clocks forward by one hour in the spring ("spring forward") and set clocks back by one hour in autumn ("fall back") to return to standard time. In other words, there is one 23-hour day in late winter or early spring and one 25-hour day in the fall.
George Hudson proposed the idea of daylight saving in 1895. The German Empire and Austria-Hungary organized the first nationwide implementation starting on April 30, 1916. Many countries have used it at various times since then, particularly since the 1970s energy crisis. DST is generally not observed near the equator, where sunrise and sunset times do not vary enough to justify it. Some countries observe it only in some regions; for example, parts of Australia observe it, while other parts do not. Only a minority of the world's population uses DST; Asia and Africa generally do not observe it.
DST clock shifts sometimes complicate timekeeping and can disrupt travel, billing, record keeping, medical devices, heavy equipment, and sleep patterns. Computer software often adjusts clocks automatically, but policy changes by various jurisdictions of DST dates and timings may be confusing.