Wyoming bill would drop daylight-saving time

| 12/22/2006

What would Benjamin Franklin say?

State Sen. Stan Cooper, R-Kemmerer, has filed legislation that would require the state of Wyoming to do away with daylight-saving time – an invention of Ben Franklin in 1784.

Arizona and Hawaii are the only states not to participate in the practice.

Cooper’s bill – SF24 – would exempt Wyoming from the practice and mandate observance of standard time year-round.

Cooper said the change is needed because of the confusion the time switch creates.

“You just get so used to going to bed at a certain time almost every night. It kind of frustrates me for a couple of weeks,” Cooper told The Casper Star-Tribune.

Other critics of the time change say it is inconvenient for businesses to make the switch. It also adds confusion and traffic wrecks caused by sleepy drivers.

Proponents of daylight-saving time say it conserves energy, allows adults to commute more safely, reduces crime and protects children.

A change in federal law will extend daylight-saving time by four weeks starting in 2007. The time change traditionally takes place on the last Sunday in March or the first Sunday in April, and ends on the last Sunday in October. Effective next year, the start date will be moved to the second Sunday in March and continue until the first Sunday in November.

Cooper’s bill can be considered during the session that begins Jan. 9.