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Oregon falls back in spite of new Daylight Saving Time law

On Sunday morning, you have to set your clocks an hour back, meaning there will be more light in the morning and it will get darker sooner.

Posted: Oct 30, 2019 1:43 PM

EUGENE, Ore. — If you're find yourself hesitating over whether to set your clock back an hour this weekend after a recent vote by the Oregon Legislature to keep Daylight Saving Time year-round, here's what you need to know.

While the Oregon Legislature decided earlier this year to end the twice-yearly practice of adjusting clocks between DST and Standard Time, you still have to set your clock back an hour Sunday morning. Here's why.


RELATED: Oregon votes to make daylight saving time permanent


Oregon and Washington have both agreed to make DST permanent, but before we can switch over, two things need to happen. California needs to get on board, and the U.S. Government has to agree to the change.

States can opt into Standard Time permanently without government sanction, which Hawaii and Arizona have done. However, the reverse, opting out of Standard Time, requires congressional action.

"In Arizona, it's convenient because we never have to worry about changing the clock," said Grant Nulle, an Arizona resident visiting Eugene.

The clause requiring California's agreement with the plan was included in the law passed in Oregon.

So on Sunday morning, you'll set your clocks an hour back, and there will be more light in the morning and it will get darker sooner.

"It makes it safer in the mornings for kids and adults going to school and work,” said Shawn Broderick, a Cottage Grove resident.

In the meantime, before changes take effect, many residents said they are looking forward to getting that extra hour of sleep.

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