Bill would look at doing away with Daylight Saving Time

Posted at 1:31 PM, Mar 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-10 15:32:23-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Ronda Menlove may have the most popular piece of legislation on Utah’s Capitol Hill.

At least today it is.

Menlove, R-Garland, has sponsored House Bill 197, that would study whether to eliminate Daylight Saving Time.

“All we want is a public hearing on this,” she said in an interview Monday with FOX 13.

Menlove’s HB 197 would task the Governor’s Office of Economic Development with holding a public meeting on whether it would be worth it to eliminate Daylight Saving. They would report back to the legislature next year with the results.

As sleepy lawmakers, lobbyists and political watchers packed the Utah State Legislature for another day of work, Rep. Menlove’s HB 197 sat in the Utah State Senate waiting for consideration. It is on the second reading calendar, and may be considered Tuesday.

Past bills attempting to force the state to abandon it have failed. Menlove said agricultural lobbyists are split on the idea, but recreationists want to see it preserved for the extra hour of daylight. Menlove has told her fellow lawmakers that her constituents would like to see the issue settled.

“It’s one of my priority bills,” Menlove told FOX 13. She is retiring at the end of this session.

Even Menlove was not immune to the effects of Daylight Saving Time.

“I was a little late today,” she said of the time change.