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Legislature closing the curtain on Standard Time

SALEM, Oregon — Oregon is becoming the third West Coast state to make a major push toward ending the twice-yearly time change known as Daylight Savings Time and Standard Time. Under a bill that passed the Legislature, the state would stay on Daylight Savings Time permanently — the same decision made by the Washington Legislature and echoed by a vote of the people in California too.

State Rep. Bill Post (R-Keizer) said he heard from many people who just don’t like the constant time changes.

“After the 2018 time change, I don’t know what happened, but people got grouchy,” Post said.

Staying on DST in the winter time would make it lighter for a longer time in the evening but much darker in the morning.

State Rep. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls) argued that it’s unsafe for children traveling to school.

“In Oregon, the sun will rise after 8:30 on some days,” Reschke said. For example: On Dec. 20 the sun would rise in Burns at about 8:25 a.m. and on the Oregon Coast around 8:50 a.m.

If Gov. Kate Browns signs the bill, the final say would still sit with Congress.


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