A Single Time Zone For All Of Idaho? Unanimously Approved Resolution Could Pave The Way

Mar 5, 2018

A resolution that got unanimous support in the Idaho Senate would put ten counties in the northern part of the state on Mountain Standard Time permanently.
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The Idaho Senate passed a resolution that could pave the way for all of the Gem State being in a single time zone. While the southern part of the state is in the Mountain Time zone, the panhandle runs on Pacific. Lewiston, Coeur d’Alene and other North Idaho cities operate on the same time as Washington.

Last year, the Evergreen State looked into staying on Daylight Saving Time year-round but has yet to act.

Under the resolution from Republican Senator Steve Vick of Dalton Gardens, North Idaho would stay on Mountain Standard Time year round. That would synchronize the state to a single clock for the winter months. The Spokesman Review reports Vick would like Idaho to make a change only if Washington makes the switch.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is the agency that makes time zone decisions. Vick’s resolution notifies both the department – and Washington – that Idaho is ready to take action. Vick hopes the resolution provides a nudge to Washington to reexamine the idea.

Clocks go forward this weekend for all of Idaho as Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday, March 11.

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