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Oregon's Daylight Saving Legislation Is Law, But Is It Living On Borrowed Time?

Brian Bull

November 3 rd is when Oregonians move the clock back an hour. But what’s that?  Didn’t the legislature and governor nix Daylight Saving Time this year?  As KLCC’s Brian Bull explains, yes…and no.

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Senate Bill 320 was signed into law this year.  It keeps most of Oregon in year-round Daylight Saving Time, meaning no switching hours. It affects the whole state save for most of Malheur County, which is in the Mountain Time Zone.

Republican State Representative Bill Post of District 25 co-sponsored the legislation.  He says there are conditions that must be met before it can take effect.

“Washington and California have to join before this can go forward," Post tells KLCC. "Washington has passed it, the governor has signed it into law.  California’s Assembly passed it overwhelmingly.  It’s now languishing in the California Senate. And the word that we’ve received from our counterparts in California, is they’re in no hurry, they’re looking at next spring.”

And Congress must approve any move towards year-round Daylight Saving Time.

If the legislation isn’t enacted by December 1 st, 2029, it will be repealed.

Copyright 2019, KLCC.

Copyright 2019 KLCC

Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. He is a 20-year reporter who has worked at NPR, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including three Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012.