Lawmaker files bill to adopt daylight savings time in AZ

One of the very first bills filed this season is to adopt daylight savings time for Arizona.

Right now Arizona does not observe daylight savings.

The idea of daylight savings time is to take advantage of daylight hours and save energy, it wasn't mandatory.

Arizona is on mountain standard time, but some lawmakers want the state to observe DST, meaning in March we would spring an hour ahead.

Arizona's sunsets and sunrises have been described as some of the most beautiful in the world, but if representative Phil Lovas gets his way, they could start happening an hour later.

Monday, the Republican from Peoria filed a bill to adopt DST in Arizona.

"I think it's good, I hope it happens," said one person.

"No, I don't like changing clocks," said another.

Rep. Lovas is a hotel consultant and says obseving DST is easier on travel, and from a business standpoint by not being three hours behind the east coast.

Observing DST was last considered in the 1960's, Lovas says it deserves to be revisited.

"Back in the 60's when they wanted to do that, a lot of people objected to it with it being so hot, you don't want the sun shining at 10 oclock," said Lovas.

70 countries observe DST, Arizona and Hawaii are the only two states in the United States that don't. Some visitors had no idea.

Some countries don't observe it including Russia. In October, Vladimir Putin announced that DST would be abolished in that country. 

Studies have shown it created stress and health problems, especially for people in northern Russia where the mornings were darker longer in the winter.

Representatives Paul Boyer of Phoenix and Senator Sylvia Allen of Snowflake are co-sponors of the bill. If approved it wouldn't go into effect until 90 days after the session ends.

In Utah, two lawmakers have proposed a bill to get rid of their observation of DST.
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