New bill could remove daylight saving time from Colorado

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) -- A new bill could remove Colorado from participating in daylight saving time.

The bill is now in the state House.

What time the sun rises and sets used to dictate the day for previous generations.

Since 1918 each spring and fall we reset our clocks to giive us more daylight.

“I'm not sure it feels more like a convenience thing, something we've done for a long time that we are all used to,” said Allyssa Anderson, a Grand Junction resident.

"You wouldn't have to worry about that change and worry about losing or gaining the hour, it would just be consistent," said Angela Huitt a mom of three who lives in Fruita.

Huitt said without the change it would be easier for kids to get into a routine.

"I know in the summer when it stays light, late it's really hard for him to go to bed at a decent time when the sun is still out. So it definitely does affect us," Huitt said.

If the bill passes Colorado would be on Mountain Standard Time year round.

That means the state's clocks would be in sync with those in the Pacific Time zone half of the year and then join the rest of the Mountain Time zone the other half.

"It feels a little bit awkward to not be unified with the rest of the states," said Anderson.

For outdoor recreation, a big industry in the Grand Valley the change could pose some challenges.

“The change would be somewhat difficult for us we rely on daylight in the winter rime for people to go skiing. If that were to go through we would look at, shifting operations,” said Ryan Robinson, a representative from Powderhorn.

Robinson believes dedicated skiers, could make the adjustment.

"It might take a little bit of change in habit but people aren't going to stop skiing,” Robinson said.

The agriculture industry isn't as opposed as you may think.

"It depends more on the weather for what we do out here,” said Cookie.

If passed this time change won't take effect until 2019.

Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that don’t observe daylight saving time.



 
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