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Year-Round Daylight Savings Time Bill In Colorado Dies In Committee

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Turbulent weather produced a spectacular sunset over the skyline of the Denver downtown as seen from Coors Field. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Turbulent weather produced a spectacular sunset over the skyline of the Denver downtown as seen from Coors Field. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Coloradans will continue to have to set their clocks forward for the near future as Sen. Greg Brophy's (R-Wray) bill that would allow for permanent, year-round Daylight Savings Time was killed in committee Monday.

Testimony included support from a retired teacher who said the time change is hard on students to oppositional testimony from representatives of the state ski industry and who predicted confusion and problems if Senate Bill 64 were to pass, The Denver Post reports.

The bill -- which would have appeared as a referendum on the 2014 state ballot and if passed would have gone into effect in 2015 -- was killed by Democrats in the Senate State Affairs, Veteran & Military Affairs Committee on a party-line vote, 3-2. This is the second attempt by Sen. Brophy to create year-round DST in Colorado.

Back in December when Brophy announced that he'd be supporting a year-round DST bill again, the senator took to his Facebook page to give some more detail behind his passion for the subject:

Two years ago I mentioned on FB how much I despise changing clocks twice a year. The response was overwhelming. Everyone hates the time change. Many urged me to run a bill to end the madness, so I did. It failed, but people continued to contact me and urge another try, so I will. This time a referred measure, hopefully Ref T.

By not changing our clocks, winter mornings would remain darker longer and winter evenings would remain lighter later, which Brophy told The Denver Post is perfect for an "outdoorsy state."

Not all states observe Daylight Saving Time. Residents of Arizona, Hawaii and U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will remain on their normal schedules.

Benjamin Franklin has been credited with the idea of Daylight Saving Time, but Britain and Germany began using the concept in World War I to conserve energy, the Washington Post observes. The U.S. used Daylight Saving Time for a brief time during the war, but it didn't become widely accepted in the States until after the second World War.

There's now broad agreement among historians that the true mastermind of daylight saving time was George Vernon Hudson (1867-1946), a specialist in insect biology (entomology) who left England for New Zealand in 1881. In 1895, when he first presented the idea to the Royal Society of New Zealand, he was mocked. Other members of the society deemed the proposal confusing and unnecessary. But attitudes changed, and he lived to see his brainchild adopted by many nations -- including, in 1927, his own.

In 1966 in the United States, the Uniform Time Act outlined that clocks should be set forward on the last Sunday in April and set back the last Sunday in October.

That law was amended in 1986 to start daylight saving time on the first Sunday in April, though the new system wasn't implemented until 1987. The end date was not changed, however, and remained the last Sunday in October until 2006

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