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Senate passes daylight savings time bill

Kai Porter
March 02, 2017 05:11 PM

A bill that would end springing forward and falling back in New Mexico passed the Senate and moved to the House.

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The Senate passed the SB 239 with a 26-15 vote. The legislation would keep the state on daylight saving time year-round. 

Currently, New Mexico is on daylight saving time eight months out of the year from March to November.

Supporters of the bill say it’ll give New Mexicans all an extra hour of daylight by not changing clocks back in the fall. The lawmakers sponsoring it also say it would cut down on health problems and car accidents caused by people trying to adjust to the time change.

Arizona and Hawaii are the only two states that have opted out of the time change. If this bill passes, the federal government would have to also approve the change here in New Mexico.

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