Do you like banging your head against a wall? Do you like to sound like you are doing a real good job legislating while making a very small portion of the population very happy? Do you want to be totally ineffective in doing so? Well then have I got a bill proposal for you.
Well then have I got a bill proposal for you: HB 65 – Exemption From Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the bill for you!
[pullquote]HB 65 – Exemption From Daylight Saving Time is…well…a total waste of time.[/pullquote]Representative Fred Cox (Republican – West Valley City) drew the short straw this year and now has to carry a bill that has been soundly shot down year after year. Seriously, have a look, the best any of these proposals have ever done is to barely stumble its way out of a committee hearing before unceremoniously dying on the floor – never even getting a full debate.
But, whatever, here goes the analysis…again.
We get it, everyone grumbles when they have to wake up early in March and going home in the dark come November. We complain for a week, and then we get over it.
We complain for a week, and then we get over it and move on with our lives to discuss other important and pressing issues, such as what those crazy Kardashian’s are up to.
But some people (read people who really hate the federal government) feel that this is an undue government intrusion that takes away our freedom and controls our lives – there is probably something about state’s rights in there too – I just don’t know or care anymore.
Hating DST is like saying you hate that a gas station is going in right next to your home. You complain and you moan, but damn if you don’t fill your car up weekly at that location.
Similarly, people have been complaining for years, but the numbers don’t lie – though we may all hate it, we sure do use DST to our advantage. Golf courses alone are expected to lose $24 million a year if we were to do away with the extra evening daylight; Lagoon worries about the added electrical costs associated with having to turn on the park’s lights an hour sooner; Ski Utah’s 15 members agree that the current system is best for their $1.3 billion a year industry; the Department of Public Safety noted a 9.5 percent decrease in accidents when comparing the difference between the week prior and the starting week of DST (though they would ultimately note that other factors may have contributed to crashes – ultimately saying it is a neutral effect).
The status quo works, and the thinly veiled bill is little more than a temper tantrum from people who don’t like the big ol’ mean federal government telling them what to do.
If you will excuse the pun, this bill is a complete waste of time.
To contact Representative Cox, click here or call 801-966-2636 (Home).
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