Utahns are being asked to offer their opinions on the question of whether the state continues to “Spring Forward” and “Fall Back” each year, changing their clocks to adjust between Mountain Standard Time and Mountain Daylight Time.
During the last session of the Utah State Legislature, the Governor’s office was asked to investigate three possible options:
1) Maintain the status quo: Setting clocks forward one hour each Spring, then setting them back an hour each Fall.
2) Maintain year-round Mountain Standard Time.
3) Maintain year-round Mountain Daylight Time.
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development is holding a public hearing at Clark Planetarium on Thursday, July 10th at 10:00 to give interested Utahns an opportunity to address this “timely” topic. Tickets for the event are first come first serve and will be available at 9 a.m. July 10th.
To help people decide how they feel about the question of Standard Time vs. Daylight Saving Time, Clark Planetarium has created two documents that may be of interest:
“Utah DST vs. MST” shows the impact that these options have on Summer and Winter sunrise/sunset times.
“Options Table” shows the differences in sunrise and sunset times for northern Utah throughout the year according to the three options described above.
Clark Planetarium hopes that Utahns will familiarize themselves with this information and make their voices heard.
A link to an online survey being conducted by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development can be found at http://business.utah.gov/time.