Government

Branstad cool to ending daylight saving time

Governor worries change would put Iowa 'out of sync'

(File Photo) Iowa Governor Terry Branstad address politicians of both parties before signing a property tax reform bill at Hawkeye Ready Mix in Hiawatha on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
(File Photo) Iowa Governor Terry Branstad address politicians of both parties before signing a property tax reform bill at Hawkeye Ready Mix in Hiawatha on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday it is not time for Iowa to change the way it tracks time.

During his weekly news conference, Branstad he is not a fan of legislation seeking to end daylight saving time in Iowa in favor of establishing year-round Central Standard Time as Iowa’s official 24-hour daily measurement.

“I don’t think we should do anything that puts us out of sync with the rest of the country. I think that would cause a lot of confusion and problems,” the governor told reporters.

“I think really the daylight saving’s issue needs to be addressed at the national level.”

The issue surfaced recently during the current 2017 legislative session when Sen. Jeff Danielson, D-Waterloo, proposed Senate File 168, which seeks to establish Central Standard Time as Iowa’s official 24-hour daily time measurement throughout the year. A similar bill, House File 206, was filed by a bipartisan group of seven representatives.

Iowans are scheduled to make the yearly switch to daylight saving time by moving their clocks ahead by one hour on March 12, and then moving them back one hour on Nov. 5.

Supporters of the change say they are offering it at the behest of their constituents to start the conversation but have no expectations how the proposal will be accepted in the legislative process. However, Branstad signaled Monday it might not get a favorable reception if it makes it to his desk.

If the switch to year-round Central Standard Time becomes law, Iowa would join Arizona and Hawaii in shunning the switch to daylight saving time.

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