BISMARCK — A North Dakota proposal to enact year-round daylight saving time died in the Legislature on Monday, April 19, bringing another attempt to establish later sunsets to a fizzle.
House lawmakers voted 36-56 to kill House Bill 1371.
The movement to establish later sunsets year-round has been a perennial topic of debate in the North Dakota Legislature, and advocates say the change would erase the twice-annual hassle of changing the clocks and alleviate seasonal depression.
Opponents of the time change have often said it could create confusion and logistical challenges by throwing North Dakota out of alignment with other states in the region. But a provision added to this year's proposal ensured that a time change would not go into effect unless the neighboring states of South Dakota, Montana and Minnesota did the same, and Congress approved the move.
The bill's lead sponsor, Rep. Bill Devlin, R-Finley, said Monday that he could no longer back the proposal because of the requirement to wait for three other states to get on board.
A separate proposal to enact year-round daylight saving laws in North Dakota also failed on the House floor earlier this session.
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