State Lawmakers To Debate Daylight Saving Time

DENVER (CBS4/AP) – Spring forward or fall back?

Colorado lawmakers are planning to debate changes to daylight saving time when they convene next year.

One proposal would make daylight saving time permanent, while another would keep the state on standard time year-round.

Republican Sen. Greg Brophy of Wray wants Colorado to permanently run on daylight saving time, giving people more daylight in the evenings to enjoy the outdoors.

“There are studies that show there are more automobile accidents after we make that change in the spring,” Brophy told CBS4’s Paul Day.

Winter mornings would stay dark longer, but the benefit, according to Brophy, is more daylight later in the day.

“I would make that trade and I think most of Colorado will too,” Brophy said.

Democratic Rep. Ed Vigil of Fort Garland wants Colorado to join Hawaii and Arizona in staying on standard time year-round because he says farmers and ranchers no longer need the extra daylight to work their fields.

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