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OR, WA may make daylight saving time permanent

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Still feeling a little tired? You’re not alone.

Millions of Americans suffer from some sort of sleep deprivation for a few days after the country springs forward to daylight saving time — which just happened on Sunday.

The federal law specifies that daylight time applies from 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March until 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November in areas that don’t specifically exempt themselves. Oregon and Washington are among the more than two dozen states considering measures to avoid the clock change.

Washington’s version passed the House over the weekend while senators in Oregon took testimony on a series of bills Tuesday morning.

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Jonas Acres — a computer programmer — illustrated for the Oregon Senate Committee on Business and Government the challenges brought about for computer systems resulting from twice-yearly time changes back and forth.

“This is the logic we would apply if there was no daylight saving time,” Acres said. “We would take a start time and an end time and calculate the difference and we’d be done. This is the logic if we had to take daylight saving time into account.”

Turner resident Aileen Kaye told the committee she would love more daylight in the evenings.

“We have horses, they could stay out later, we could clean their stalls in the daylight — it’s wonderful,” she said. “It’s like a new lease on life.”

Other reasons to support the permanent daylight saving time? No sleep deprivation the Monday after moving the clock forward, more daylight for activities later in the day and if people are out later in the day — they could spend more, helping the economy.

However, opponents of daylight saving time all year said it would be harder to sleep at night for people who work early shifts and the sunrise would come later — making kids walk to school in the dark.

The Pacific Northwest states aren’t the only ones showing interest in the permanent time shift. Senators in Florida recently introduced measures to make daylight saving time permanent nationwide.

While federal law allows states to opt into standard time permanently — which Hawaii and Arizona have done — the reverse is prohibited and requires congressional action.

President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that making daylight saving time permanent is “O.K. with me!”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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