Oregon Senate again debates Daylight Saving Time

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SALEM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Should Oregon eliminate Daylight Saving Time? That was the topic of a hearing at the state’s capitol Tuesday afternoon.

The Oregon legislature is considering a bill that would send the question of whether to abolish Daylight Saving Time to voters this fall.

“The nice long evenings are beautiful but I personally don’t need it to be light until 10:30 p.m.  because I have to get up and come to work at 6 o’clock in the morning,” Kim Kohrt, who doesn’t like Daylight Saving Time, told KOIN 6 News.

But fore very Kohrt, there’s an Ann Beaudry who loves the long summer evenings made possible by Daylight Saving Time.

“It revitalizes me,” Beaudry said. “I have a lot more energy in the evening than when it’s dark.”

Republican Senator Kim Thatcher is sponsoring Senate Bill 99 that would get rid of the biyearly time change.

“It’ seems like out of the blue I’ve been getting an earful from people around the state saying, ‘why are we still doing this?’ I didn’t wake up one day and say, ‘hey, we just need to kill this thing,'” Sen. Thatcher said. “But the more I looked into it there really isn’t a lot of rationale for keeping it, other than just personal preference, and that’s why I say, let’s just send it to the voters and see what they say.”

Germany was the first country to implement Daylight Saving Time in 1916 as a way to conserve evening fuel consumption.

Supporters say it benefits retailers, evening outdoor sports and other things tied to longer daylight. Critics say it hurts other indoor evening activities and complicates timekeeping and sleep patterns. Farmers and other early-risers often say they don’t like the extra hour of darkness in the morning.

The time change is not observed by Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.

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