Had House Bill 14 not been killed by the Wyoming Senate this year, Wyomingites would not be turning back their clocks an hour on Sunday. Once again, though, residents will struggle to adjust their lives to gaining that additional hour, which for some, is much harder than it might seem.
Keeping the Cowboy State on daylight savings time year-round would have involved several complicated steps, including moving Wyoming from the mountain to central time zone. It also would have required the buy-in from three other contiguous states, all of whom would require the sign off by the federal government.
House Bill 14 was sponsored in the Wyoming House by Laramie Rep. Dan Laursen and passed the house on a third reading with a 53-23-2 vote. It was later killed in the Wyoming Senate with a 15-15 tied vote.
Proponents of the bill argued that permanent daylight savings time would be easier on people instead of having to adjust their biological clocks twice a year and that it would curb crime, traffic accidents and health-related problems caused by the shift of time. Those against worried that the extra hour of darkness on winter mornings might pose health and safety issues for school children among other concerns.
Wyoming is among 48 other states that fall back and spring forward each year. Arizona and Hawaii are the only two states that observe permanent Daylight Savings Time. The Uniform Time Act was passed into law in 1966 under President Lyndon Johnson.