Bills on time change, no pot testing for jobs move ahead in Oregon's 2019 legislative session

Before an amendment to SB 320, Malheur County ran the risk of being in a time bubble. Now however, if it passes, Oregon (Pacific Time, still daylight savings) and Idaho (Mountain Standard Time) will sync up times in the winter months. But Malheur County (Mountain Time, still Daylight Savings) would be an hour ahead of both Oregon and Idaho.

SALEM — If Governor Kate Brown signs Senate Bill 320, which passed the House 38-19 on Thursday, Malheur County will be the only county left in Oregon still having to set time forward or back twice a year.

According to a news release from the office of Sen. Kim Thatcher, the “Ditch the Switch” bill already garnered support from Brown, as well as Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and U.S. President Donald Trump.

“Thatcher sponsored SB 320, which comes after years of working with constituents and colleagues in Oregon and other informed states,” reads a news release from her office. “She previously tried to pass year-round Standard Time, but the public pushed back favoring Daylight Saving Time. Senate Joint Memorial 6 also passed the House 41 to 16, which urges Congress to allow states to pass year-round Daylight Saving Time.”

Other state’s are attempting to eradicate the time change, including California, which is still in the process and Washington, which just had a bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee, according to Thatcher.

“Oregonians are looking forward to the governor signing this bill into law. The West Coast states need to stick together on ditching the switch. Our effort to #DitchTheSwitch has a majority of the public’s support and approval from members of both sides of the aisle and it is a matter of commerce and public services.”

Malheur County Judge Dan Joyce said he would have liked the county to stay permanent, one way or the other, stating a preference for standard time.

“I don’t like the change,” he said.

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