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House majority leader wants to do away with daylight saving time in Idaho

House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, wants to do away with daylight saving time in Idaho. Under legislation he got introduced today in the House Ways & Means Committee, which he’s co-sponsoring with Rep. Jason Monks, R-Meridian, Idaho would no longer “fall back” an hour in the fall or “spring forward” an hour in the spring, starting July 1, 2015.

However, the AP reports that Moyle wasn’t at today’s Ways & Means meeting to present his bill, leaving Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, to present it for him. Asked how elimination of daylight saving time would impact Idaho’s split between two time zones – Pacific and Mountain – Crane said he didn’t know. The panel then agreed to introduce the measure on a 4-2 vote, with Reps. Rusche and Vander Woude dissenting.

In the bill's statement of purpose, Moyle and Monks say the twice-a-year time change causes "disruption to families, businesses and individuals" and increases accidents.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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