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Bill to End Daylight Saving Time in Minnesota Advances

Bill to End Daylight Saving Time in Minnesota Advances Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: March 13, 2019 11:04 AM

Two days after another season of daylight saving time began, a Minnesota Senate committee passed a bill to end twice-yearly clock change.

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The bill sponsored by Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R- Big Lake, would put Minnesota on one time schedule all year by ending daylight saving time.

"This bill would have standard time year round so there would be no more springing ahead or falling back or changing clocks," said Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R- Big Lake.

Kiffmeyer said she would actually prefer to stay on daylight saving time all year, but right now the federal government doesn't allow that.

The idea would still need to pass the full Senate and House before it would head to the governor for consideration.

While keeping the same time all year would eliminate the inconvenience of changing clocks in the spring and fall and the resulting health impacts, it would create a new set of inconveniences if neighboring states continue to use daylight saving time.  Duluth would be an hour behind Superior during the spring and summer, but the same time in the winter.

KSTP-TV contributed to this report.

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