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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1784: Ben Franklin Jokingly Floats Daylight Saving Time
An aging Franklin jokingly suggested that <a href="http://www.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/franklin.html" target="_hplink">Paris adopt a scheme much like the modern Daylight Saving Time</a> in order to save money on candles.
1895: George Vernon Hudson Proposes Davlight Saving Time Scheme
When Hudson first came up with his idea for a two-hour daylight saving time, he faced <a href="http://rsnz.natlib.govt.nz/volume/rsnz_28/rsnz_28_00_006110.pdf" target="_hplink">serious opposition from his peers in the Royal Society of New Zealand</a>.
1906: William Willett Writes "The Waste Of Daytime"
Englishman Willett came up with a more modest, 20-minute scheme independently of Hudson, and wrote about it in a pamphlet called "<a href="http://www.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/willett.html" target="_hplink">The Waste of Daylight</a>." His tireless campaign convinced the British parliament to consider his proposal in 1908 -- but the bill didn't pass.
1916: Austria & Germany Adopt Daylight Saving Time
Austria and Germany were the first countries to adopt Daylight Saving Time, as a wartime measure in April 1916. Many other countries throughout Europe followed suit immediately; the UK had signed on by May. It took the US until 1918 to accept Daylight Saving as well.
1919: Daylight Saving Repealed In USA
After the war ended, Woodrow Wilson ceded to popular demand and repealed Daylight Saving in the U.S.
1942: FDR Enacts "War Time"
World War II brought Daylight Saving back to the fore in 1942, when FDR mandated the measure, now known as "War Time," throughout the United States. This time, it stuck, for most of the country.
1966: Congress Standardizes Daylight Saving
For years, different cities and states in the U.S. started and ended their daylight saving time on different dates, creating serious chaos through the country. Congress fixed that by passing the <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/03/0330_040330_daylightsavings_2.html" target="_hplink">Uniform Time Act in 1966</a>, which set one standard for Daylight Saving. The Act did not, however, mandate the actual use of the Time; those states, like Arizona and Alaska, that did not wish to participate were not forced to do so.
1975: Study Indicates DST Saves Energy
A study by the US Department of Energy, undertaken at the height of the 1970s energy crisis, indicated that <a href="http://www.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/c.html" target="_hplink">the use of Daylight Saving Time reduced American energy consumption by about one percent</a>, a small but statistically significant amount, because more people are sleeping during the darkness and so aren't using lights and appliances. Later studies have not, however, always reaffirmed this finding.
2005: Bush Moves Daylight Earnings To After Halloween
In 2005, Bush signed a law moving the Daylight Earnings Time back to the first weekend of November, a measure designed to help cut down on the number of children injured or killed in automobile accidents while trick-or-treating after dark on Halloween.
Today: Daylight Saving Around The World
117 years after Hudson first proposed Daylight Saving Time, the scheme is in effect in 70 countries across the world. It's observed in all the places highlighted in blue on the map above.
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