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Bill would end daylight saving time in Washington

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Washington may be on its way to joining Hawaii and Arizona among the only states in the country to opt out of daylight saving time. Two bills both in the senate and house committee have been introduced that would end the annual clock-tinkering days we've all come to love and hate.

"We would be on Pacific Standard Time year round," says state Rep. Elizabeth Scott D-Monroe. "There would be no more messing with the clocks, it would stay the same all year."

Scott says the bill would address a number of problems that have been ignored over the years. In 1916, during World War I, Germany was the first country to implement daylight saving time. The driving force behind it was to reduce the amount of time artificial light was used and instead refocus that fuel on the war effort. It wasn't long before other countries including Britain and America followed suit. These times of war were known as "war times", and during "peace time" the clocks went back to normal.

In 1966 the United States Congress enacted the United Time Act, establishing daylight saving time. Over the years the act has been altered, the most recent alteration taking place in 2007. Since then, Hawaii and Arizona have ended daylight saving and Scott hopes Washington will follow.

"The energy we're saving isn't worth the effort," says Scott. "If you do save a little bit of energy on lighting, it's offset by the cost of extra air conditioning you have to run during that time."

Scott also says a regular sleep schedule would benefit from the bill, telling KHQ at 2012 University of Alabama study shows there is a 10% increase in heart attacks the Monday and Tuesday after the spring forward.

"We love that hour of sleep in the spring. It not only increases heart attacks but it also increases accidents at work and the severity of accidents," says Scott.

There have been opponents of similar bills that have been introduced in the past. According to the Associated Press the Golf Association for Utah told state leaders in 2013 losing an hour of daylight would result in a loss of 24 million dollars in un-played rounds.

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