Washington Gets Stuck in the Draconian Tradition as It Observes Daylight Saving Time
Washinton still conducts the twice-a-year tradition, but residents want to end it. As such, the state pushes to abolish Daylight Saving Time.
Washington's first effort was to create a bill that would keep the state in the biannual tradition permanently. But most recently, they have come up with a proposal to keep Washington in standard time.
But like other bills, Washington needs federal approval to enjoy the benefits of having year-round standard time. KIRO Nights host Jack Stine believes that the state will be better off for it in the end either which wins between the bill and the recent proposal.
The Washinton's lawmakers hope that the recent proposal will keep the state in standard time. As such, it would put an end to Washington's seasonal time changes.
To keep Daylight Saving Time forever, states need a federal waiver from Congress or approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation. And Washington has been waiting on their approval since 2019.
The good news is that staying in standard time does not require approval. This is because it can be implemented immediately at the state level if it passes in the 2022 legislative session.