Lawmaker: 'Time out' called for AZ daylight saving bill

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Rep. Phil Lovas (R-Peoria) Rep. Phil Lovas (R-Peoria)

An Arizona lawmaker has decided not to move a bill forward that would put the state on daylight saving time.

Rep. Phil Lovas (R-Peoria) said Sunday public outcry made him re-think the legislation. Lovas said he has asked the Speaker "to hold the measure indefinitely, essentially killing it."

"I have received many responses to the proposed bill, and while some have favored it, the majority of the feedback has been against the idea for various reasons," he said in a statement.

He said his decision will help lawmakers "focus instead on the budget, public education, public safety and the many other serious issues currently facing our state."

In the days since he proposed the bill, Valley residents chimed in. 

"I loved daylight savings time as a kid, and I think the fact we'll have more time to play golf makes it even better," golfer Claudia Mason said.

Had a switch to daylight saving time actually passed, golfers could have lingered on the greens until about 9 at night in the summer. Golf, of course, isn't the motivation behind the proposal.

"I support it because I think it will help business in Arizona and help us be more competitive," said State Rep. Paul Boyer, R-Phoenix, one of the bill's co-sponsors.

Boyer believes the reasons Arizona opted out of daylight saving time are outdated and are potentially hurting the state's economy.

"I think we're less productive currently," said Boyer.

In 1966 Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which put the entire country on daylight saving time. Arizonans, though, expressed so much frustration about the change that two years later the state opted out.

In fact, its just Arizona and Hawaii that don't observe daylight saving time. Portions of other states and U.S. territories also do not observe the time change.

At the same time Arizona considered opting in again to daylight saving time, a handful of other western states are looking at proposals to opt out, including Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

"Well, yeah, it'd be harder to get her to go to bed if it was still light out," mother Veronica Hawkins said of her daughter.

An extra hour of summer daylight leaves parents hard-pressed to believe the change would do them any good at all.

A recent poll indicates 43 percent of Americans don't see the need to observe daylight saving time any longer.

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