Washington House passes bill to make daylight saving time permanent

Washington House passes bill to make daylight saving time permanent
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Washington state lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation that would require the state to observe daylight saving time year-round.

According to The Seattle Times, the state House passed the measure, also known as House Bill 1196, in a 90-6 vote on Tuesday, accepting amendments added to bill by the state Senate one week earlier.

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The bill now heads to Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeCalifornia to send 500 ventilators to national stockpile Juan Williams: Governors lead as Trump flounders Feds send ventilators to coronavirus hot spots around country MORE (D), who is running for president, for consideration. State Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D), one of the co-sponsors for the legislation, told the Times he is confident the governor will sign the bill.

“The people of Washington have said they want to #DitchTheSwitch, and passing this bill sends that message loud and clear to the other Washington,” Riccelli said in a statement shortly after the state Senate passed the legislation in a 46-2 vote last week.

However, before the bill can be implemented, Congress has to approve the switch to permanent daylight saving time, as individual states can only opt-in to remaining on standard time permanently.

Lawmakers in several other states, including California, are also considering legislation that would bring an end to the biannual time change. 

Last month, President TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE also came out in support of efforts to keep the United States permanently on daylight saving time. 

“Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!” Trump said in a tweet in early March.