If House Bill 44 had become law, we wouldn’t be turning our clocks back an hour on Sunday.
House Bill 44 would have put Wyoming on year-round mountain daylight time. Sponsored by Rep. Dan Laursen of Park County, the bill passed in both House and Senate in the 2020 leglislative session and was signed into law by Governor Mark Gordon in March.
But as Sheridan County’s Rep. Mark Kinner recalled in a recent interview with Sheridan Media, there was a catch.
In fact, according to the bill, at least four western states, including Wyoming would have to pass legislation placing all, or a portion, of those states on year-round daylight time, regardless of the time zone the state is in. The bill listed, in addition to Wyoming, six other “western” states: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and Utah.
So far, none of those other states have passed such legislation.
In addition to that requirement, Rep. Laursen’s bill would also be contingent on the U.S. Congress enacting legislation that authorizes states to observe daylight savings time year-round.
If both those conditions had been met, Laursen’s bill would have become effective this coming Sunday.