- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 26, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A bill to make daylight saving time permanent passed the Utah House of Representatives and will go the governor for his signature.

The House passed the legislation Wednesday with only one dissenting vote, The Deseret News reports.

Despite the passage of the bill supporting a permanent change from standard time to daylight saving time, the measure requires further action before implementation.

If Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signs the legislation, Congress and at least four Western states would need to take action in order for the bill to take effect.

“We don’t want to move if we are the only state doing this,” said Republican Rep. Ray Ward, the bill’s sponsor in the House.



There is national momentum behind the move, with 35 states having considered similar bills within the past two years and seven passing, Ward said.

“We are not trying to go around the federal law,” Ward said. ”The bill is a vehicle to make that federal change more likely.”

Daylight saving time will begin this year at 2 a.m. March 8, a change that will add an extra hour of evening daylight to the longest days of the year.

Clocks return to standard time Nov. 1.

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