Daylight Saving or Mountain Standard Time? That’s the debate lawmakers are having at the Roundhouse this week, and so are other New Mexicans.
However, if you ask around, people are split when it comes to the time zone they want to be on.
“Probably just Mountain Standard Time,” one person said.
“I’d rather have Daylight Saving all year,” another person said,
Other agree they’re just tired of changing their clocks two times out of the year.
“I prefer that we just pick one and stick with it,” one person said.
Right now, there are two bills circling the legislature. One is sponsored by Sen. Cliff Pirtle, who’s proposing a permanent switch to Daylight Saving that provides an extra hour of light during the evening.
“You know the number one driver is young mothers with young kids,” Sen. Pirtle said. “Parents who really enjoy that time with their kids, or another parent who gets home from work that wants to spend time with a little more daylight, doesn’t disrupt their schedule.”
Rep. Bobby Gonzales said that option leaves students who ride the bus in the morning waiting around in the dark. He also argued it disrupts after-school programs for students.
“This is a bad option for our students,” Gonzales said. “Then, the question is, why wouldn’t you just adjust the schedules for the schools? It’s not that easy.”
So, Gonzales sponsored his own bill. It would keep New Mexicans on Mountain Standard Time year-round.
“The State of Arizona is on all year-round on Standard Time, and I mean, it works fine,” he said.
If legislators were to pass the Senate bill to permanently stay on Daylight Saving Time, it would still need to be approved by the governor. It would also need an okay from the federal government. It’s something Florida is going through right now.
Rep. Gonzales’ bill passed the House floor and heads now to the Senate. Meanwhile, Sen. Pirtle’s bill will be introduced to the full Senate within the next few days.