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Lighter later? Bill to stay on Daylight Saving Time permanently passes Utah Senate vote

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Posted at 11:51 AM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 14:07:48-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that ends the constant back and forth of the clock in Utah has passed a critical vote in the Utah State Senate.

By a 28-1 vote, the senate voted to approve Senate Bill 59, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Harper, R-Taylorsville. The bill would have Utah spring ahead and stay ahead permanently. It requires other states to jump on board and would wait for congressional approval.

Sen. Harper pointed out the bill would make it lighter, later in the day. Many senators pointed out constituents have expressed confusion about what the change would mean. Constituents are divided over whether they want to spring ahead or fall behind permanently.

The issue of Daylight Saving Time has been a top constituent complaint for years, but has failed to advance every year in the legislature because of higher priority bills. The bill faces one more vote in the Senate and, if it passes there, goes to the House for consideration.