CASPER, Wyo. — On Thursday, March 12, the Wyoming House of Representatives agreed to changes to House Bill 44 adopted by the Senate.
The bill, which would create a pathway to eliminate Wyoming’s observance of seasonal time changes, will now move to Governor Mark Gordon’s desk for consideration.
The Senate’s amendment would allow Wyoming to stop observing seasonal time changes if three other “western states” pass similar legislation. Those states could include:
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- North Dakota
- South Dakota
The Senate’s first reading amendment modified the bill in some other ways from the version they received from the Senate. The House version required that Montana, Idaho, Utah and Colorado pass similar legislation before Wyoming would eliminate seasonal time changes.
In addition to modifying which states could allow Wyoming to enact the changes, the Senate amendment would also require that the United States Congress enact legislation to authorize states to observe daylight savings time year round.
“The year-round observed time of the entire state of Wyoming and all of the state’s political subdivisions is mountain daylight time,” the amendment states. “Wyoming exempts all areas of the state from mountain standard time.”
If the provisions were all met, and the bill is signed into law, it would go into effect the first Sunday of November.
A similar piece of legislation stalled out during the Wyoming Legislature’s 2019 general session. That bill was passed by Wyoming’s House of Representatives but failed on two tie votes in the Senate.
The House concurrence vote passed 45-13:
Ayes: BARLOW, BLACKBURN, BLAKE, BROWN, BURLINGAME, CLAUSEN, CLEM, CLIFFORD, CONNOLLY, DAYTON-SELMAN, EDWARDS, EKLUND, FURPHY, GRAY, HALEY, HALLINAN, HUNT, JENNINGS, KINNER, HARSHMAN, LARSEN LLOYD, LAURSEN DAN, LINDHOLM, LOUCKS, MACGUIRE, MILLER, NEWSOME, NORTHRUP, OBERMUELLER, OLSEN, PAXTON, PELKEY, PIIPARINEN, POWNALL, ROSCOE, SALAZAR, SIMPSON, SOMMERS, STITH, STYVAR, TASS, WALTERS, WASHUT, WESTERN, YINWyoming Legislative Service Office
Nays: BURKHART, DUNCAN, EYRE, FLITNER, GREEAR, HENDERSON, KIRKBRIDE, NICHOLAS, SCHWARTZ, SWEENEY, WILSON, WINTER, ZWONITZER
Excused: CRANK, FREEMAN
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