Lawmakers say more study needed on Daylight Saving Time bill

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lawmakers have rejected a proposal to have Utah observe Daylight Saving Time year-round, although other bills that would opt out of the twice-annual time change are pending.

The Senate Government Operations Committee voted 3-1 on Wednesday to send the bill sponsored by Sen. Aaron Osmond, a South Jordan Republican, back to the Rules Committee for an in-depth look at its potential economic impact.

Osmond introduced the bill after an outpouring of public support for eliminating the time changes. To bypass a federal prohibition on staying in Daylight Saving Time, the bill would have the state join the Central time zone and remain on Central Standard Time.

A similar proposal to use Central Standard Time is still alive in the House, as is a proposal to use Mountain Standard Time year-round.

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