Oregon still 'falling back' this Sunday
It is time for Oregonians to "fall back" again this coming Sunday.
Though Oregon lawmakers passed a law this past spring that would abolish the time change from standard time to daylight savings time, the transition is still dependent upon California and Washington following suit as well as Congress approval.
Washington has already passed similar legislation leaving California as the lone state to make the move official. However, Californians passed Prop 7 in November 2018, sending a message that voters don't want to continue changing their clocks twice a year.
California lawmaker Kansen Chu has since championed Assembly Bill 7, which would make the permanent switch to Daylight Savings Time official in the state. However, Chu dropped his bid in September and plans to move it forward this coming January.
Meanwhile, the Oregon law is set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
In addition to the activity at the state level, a bill was introduced by Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio that would make daylight savings time the new permanent standard time throughout the country. States with areas exempt from daylight savings time could choose the standard time for those areas. The bill has been referred to the Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, but no other action has been taken on it.
So Oregonians will continue to fall back, this year on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 a.m., and spring forward in early March.
The decision among Oregon lawmakers to ditch Standard Time permanently did not come without concerns, particularly when it comes to how late the sun would rise during the winter months.
Rep. Jack Zika, R-Redmond, said during the 2019 session that winter is already the darkest time of the year. He lives close to where his young children go to school, and he doesn't like the idea of them going to school in the dark more than they already do.
"Don't make my kids walk to school in the dark," Zika said.
However, Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer, one of SB 320's sponsors, pointed to a chart that shows when the sun would rise and set on Nov. 20, Dec. 20, Jan. 20 and Feb. 20 if Oregon does away with standard time. The latest sunrises would be in western Oregon, around 9 a.m., while in central and eastern Oregon, they'll be closer to 8:30 a.m.
"I really think we're talking about a small period of time here, not a large change," he said after voting for the change. "I'm not trying to discount those fears, but I think they're a little over-the-top."
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