Utah lawmaker reacts to Senate’s passing of a bill to make daylight saving time permanent

Mar 15, 2022, 6:22 PM | Updated: Feb 23, 2023, 1:20 pm

Utah 4-day workweek...

Photo: Getty Images

SALT LAKE CITY — The United States Senate passed a bill Tuesday, making daylight saving time permanent, and it has a Utah lawmaker smiling from ear to ear.

“When I heard that they actually had a committee hearing last week in the Senate, I was extremely excited about it,” said Utah Sen. Wayne Harper to KSL NewsRadio.

Making Daylight Saving permanent

According to The Associated Press, the bill named the Sunshine Protection Act would make it so that Americans would no longer have to adjust their clocks twice a year.

“Myself, Rep. Ward and a number of our colleagues in other states have been working with members of Congress to get this done,” Sen. Harper said, who has proposed such legislation in Utah.

He says a bill that was passed in the Utah Legislature a few years back said Utah would switch to permanent daylight saving when it got congressional approval. 

Sen. Harper says people are really thrown off with the time change, and it creates struggles in their lives.

“And it causes more accidents and there is more health issues,” he said. “There’s a deterioration at work until people’s internal clock gets adjusted. It’s a great step forward. I’m grateful it’s finally happening and moving on the federal level.”

The bill making daylight saving time permanent needs approval from the House and the signature from President Joe Biden in order to become law.

Harper says Rep. John Curtis is in support of changing the bill. He also says Rep. Chris Stewart has a bill introduced that would give the states the option of keeping daylight saving. According to Harper, Rep. Burgess Owens is still considering options to stop changing the clocks twice a year. 

Harper is hopeful the House can quickly pass the bill.

“I’m hopeful that they’ll pass it before we get too much further into summer,” he said. “And we cannot change our clocks in November.”

Read more:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.


Image of a mother nursing an infant. Intermountain Health is now offering lactation consultations v...

Britt Johnson

Telehealth lactation consultations now available in Utah

Intermountain's telehealth lactation consultations began during the pandemic, and have since proven a popular alternative.

3 hours ago

Image of an Alaska Air flight taking off from Los Angeles International Airport. The FAA convened a...

Pete Muntean, CNN

FAA announces new pilot mental health committee

The issue of pilot mental health surfaced again in October when an off-duty pilot was charged with trying to crash an Alaska Airlines flight.

22 hours ago

Social engagement is one habit that could help protect your brain as you age....

Kristen Rogers, CNN

What’s your Brain Care Score? The answer may indicate your dementia risk

A new tool named the Brain Care Score may help you asses risks of stroke and dementia while also advising how you can lower your risk.

1 day ago

Only a few weeks left to use FSA...

Andrew Gordon

Only a few weeks left to use FSA, here’s how an expert says to do it

There are still a few weeks left to use your healthcare Flexible Spending Account or FSA, and most employers have a grace period.

2 days ago

These photos of Legacy Village in St. George, Utah, show zero land dedicated to real grass. It incl...

Emma Penrod, Great Salt Lake Collaborative

Fixing the lake could pave the way to solving Utah’s mental health crisis

A more holistic approach to urban design may in fact transform our entire life for the better — particularly with respect to our mental health.

2 days ago

people balance junk food with healthy food...

Michelle Lee

Lifestyle changes vs. medication

Let's Get Moving Host Maria Shilaos spoke with Pharmaceutical Insider Troy Duell to learn how to make simple but healthy lifestyle changes.

3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background....

Prosperous Utah Communities

Utah’s Battle to Protect Youth from Vaping Epidemic Faces New Threat as Proposed Rule Threatens Progress

Utah's strict standards of nicotine levels in vaping products are at risk, increasing health hazards associated with use. Read more about how you can advocate for a better future for Utah's youth.

Aerial photo of Bear Lake shoreline with canopies and people camped out on the beach...

Visit Bear Lake

Last-Minute Summer Vacation Planning? Check Out Bear Lake!

Bear Lake is the perfect getaway if you are last-minute summer vacation planning. Enjoy activities with your whole family at this iconic lake.

Utah lawmaker reacts to Senate’s passing of a bill to make daylight saving time permanent