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North Idaho May Also Move To Full-Time Daylight Saving Time

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

If or when Washington and Oregon move to full-time Daylight Saving time, parts of Idaho may change right along with it.

The Idaho House today [Tuesday] voted to keep the northernmost 10 counties of the Gem State that now operate in Pacific time consistent with the neighboring states.

“Think about the challenges our cities, schools and businesses will face when we have a one-hour time between as little as five-to-30 miles," said Rep. Bill Goesling [R-Moscow]. "For example, Schweitzer Engineering, 1,000 of the 3,200 employees across Washington and Idaho cross the border daily to and from work. They also are challenged by synchronizing their production facilities in Lewiston and Pullman.”

The House approved the bill by a 68-1 vote. That follows a unanimous vote by the Senate. The bill now heads to Governor Brad Little’s desk.

The Washington and Oregon legislatures have already approved legislation to move to permanent full-time Daylight Saving Time. But the change cannot take place without Congressional approval.

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