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Bill to shift Wyoming to permanent daylight savings time passes Legislature
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Bill to shift Wyoming to permanent daylight savings time passes Legislature

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A worker pulls the minute hand on a Grayson Virginia clock dial at Electric Time Co., in Medfield, Mass, on Nov. 3, 2016. A bill in the Wyoming Legislature could prevent the state from changing its clocks to standard time in the winter.

CHEYENNE – After years of trying, the Wyoming Legislature has finally passed legislation that could – one day – permanently shift Wyoming to daylight savings time.

The bill — sponsored by Rep. Dan Laursen, R-Powell, and passed Wednesday by a 17-11 consent list vote in the Senate – would essentially shift Wyoming over to daylight savings time on a permanent basis if other states within the Mountain Time Zone, like Montana, Idaho, Utah and Colorado, did so as well.

Considered something of a novelty, the passage of House Bill 44 adds Wyoming’s name to a growing movement of states around the country looking to move their clocks forward by an hour permanently, something yearned for by those looking to avoid bi-annual time changes and experience later, wintertime sunsets.

While Arizona has already taken the step to make the shift permanently, numerous other states around the country have considered daylight savings bills of their own. At the same time, California Congressman Ro Khanna has made a push to end the practice on the federal level.

Even if the other states decide to pass similar legislation, any changes would still need to be ratified by the federal government.

For Laursen, Wednesday’s vote marks the final chapter in a saga begun at the beginning of his political career five sessions ago, when he brought his first version to the floor of the House. His biggest success came last year, passing the House with 35 votes before failing in the Senate on a 15-15 tie.

The bill will now move to the House of Representatives for concurrence before heading to Gov. Mark Gordon’s desk.

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Nick Reynolds covers state politics and policy. A native of Central New York, he has spent his career covering governments big and small, and several Congressional campaigns. He graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport in 2015.

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