News this morning from Idaho in an excellent story by Betsy Russell is that the legislature had just learned what so many other states have learned before: Pass whatever bill you want to end the clock-changing madness, you will get shut down by the Feds.
The legislator who's pushing this proposal, Mike Moyle, has the right basic idea. He says he doesn't care much if his state "springs forward" or "falls back," he just doesn't want the clocks changing twice per year. “Last time we did the standard, this time we did the other,” Moyle told the Spokesman-Review. “The intent was I don’t care which one it is...”
And kudos to Moyle for listening to a fellow DST agitator named Ray Harwood of the excellent TimeZoneReport.com that whatever they pass, they will get slapped down by the Federal Government.
This is something that many states have realized. It happens the same way year after year: A state legislator thinks the time-zone clock-changing is dumb and tries to fix it, and only after making some progress do they find out that any bill they pass is doomed.
It happened years ago in my home state of Colorado. And it happened again this year in Alabama.
And now add Idaho to that list.
The only way to get this done, I'm convinced, is to have a huge majority of the states band together and appeal to the U.S. Department of Transportation all at once. Then in the name of uniformity and safety, the Feds can end this clock-changing all at the same time for the whole country.
I've been in touch with legislators now from at least four states, and once the first one gets introduced I think you'll see a bandwagon of other states jumping on. The question now for me is this: Which will be the first state to pass the resolution?
I'll announce the news first here on this blog, so stay tuned!