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Governor authorizes path for Wyoming to stop recognizing seasonal time changes

People gather for a dedication of the Rotary clock at David Street Station on Friday, Oct. 5, 2017 in downtown Casper.(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Governor Mark Gordon signed House Bill 44 into law on Monday, March 23. That bill creates a pathway in which Wyoming could stop observing seasonal time changes.

The bill was amended before reaching the governor’s desk. 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:

  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Utah

In addition to modifying which states could allow Wyoming to enact the changes, the Senate amendment also requires 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 bill states. “Wyoming exempts all areas of the state from mountain standard time.”

If the provisions were all met, the new rules 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.