Lawmakers consider switching Arizona to daylight saving time

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Arizona is known for sunny days. In fact, the state gets more of them than almost any state in the country.

At the state Capitol in Phoenix, there is a proposal being considered that would make those sunny days last even later.

Representative Phil Lovas, R-Peoria, has sponsored a bill that would have Arizona observe daylight saving time for the first time since 1967.

"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.

With a switch to daylight saving time, golfers could linger 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Boyer believes the reasons Arizona opted out of daylight saving time are outdated and are potentially hurting the state's economy.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, it's 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 considers 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.