Local Rep. unsure about continuing daylight saving time

Do people in Utah like having daylight saving time? This question can be debated. After all states have been practicing daylight saving time since World War I. To abolish this practice now could be saying goodbye to an annual tradition.Under federal law, daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of November.If states don’t want to be part of daylight saving time they can opt out. So far two states have decided to stay away from changing their clocks twice a year: Hawaii and ArizonaThe question is why get rid of daylight saving time now? Republican Rep. Jim Nielson of Bountiful is proposing a bill during the 2012 legislative session to end the practice in Utah. Nielson says he’s doing this because he has heard citizen complaints about the issue which prompted his proposal.Rep. Jack Draxler, R-District 3, said he is listening to both sides of the issue before he makes a decision on whether or not he is in favor or against ending daylight saving time. Draxler said so far he has heard some of the good and bad about it.Some of the positive things that Draxler has heard that come from daylight saving time is people can stay outside and do yard work later during the summer. Also, the scouts really like this because it’s better for them when they are carrying out their activities. A negative Draxler said he has heard was some people don’t like the adjustment they have to make twice a year to the time change. He said some people claim this is hard on their body and can be jarring or frustrating.Draxler said if the bill is going to pass it is going to have to go through a committee process and there is no telling how long it will take before it will go to the House. Draxler said he hasn’t made a final decision and wants to hear more before he does.There was a similar bill sent through Utah to stop daylight saving time in 2010 but the attempt failed to pass.

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