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Oregon's Daylight Saving Legislation Is Law, But Is It Living On Borrowed Time?

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November 3rd is when Oregonians move the clock back an hour. But what’s that?  Didn’t the legislature and governor nix Daylight Saving Time this year?  As KLCC’s Brian Bull explains, yes…and no.

Senate Bill 320 was signed into law this year.  It keeps most of Oregon in year-round Daylight Saving Time, meaning no switching hours. It affects the whole state save for most of Malheur County, which is in the Mountain Time Zone.

Republican State Representative Bill Post of District 25 co-sponsored the legislation.  He says there are conditions that must be met before it can take effect.

“Washington and California have to join before this can go forward," Post tells KLCC. "Washington has passed it, the governor has signed it into law.  California’s Assembly passed it overwhelmingly.  It’s now languishing in the California Senate. And the word that we’ve received from our counterparts in California, is they’re in no hurry, they’re looking at next spring.”

And Congress must approve any move towards year-round Daylight Saving Time.

If the legislation isn’t enacted by December 1st, 2029, it will be repealed.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.