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Bill would exempt state from daylight saving time

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hopefully your cell phone updated the time automatically this morning and your plans went off without a hitch.

But if you still dread “springing forward” an hour at 2 a.m. for daylight-saving time, there may be better times ahead.

Sen. Cliff Pirtle from Roswell introduced a bill that is still alive in the Senate that would exempt New Mexico from changing the clock ever again.

“The residents and businesses of the state of New Mexico have become much more habituated to the eight months of daylight savings time per year than the four months of standard time per year; and the biennial change of time between mountain standard time and mountain daylight savings time is disruptive to commerce and to the daily schedules of the residents of the state of New Mexico,” the bill states.

In a press release Friday, Pirtle said the time change is not just inconvenient; it could be dangerous.

“I have seen reports that show changing the time twice a year has an adverse affect on people’s health,” Pirtle said. “When the time changes, people experience more mishaps, accidents and even more heart attacks. Sometimes, no change is good.”

On Feb. 26 the Public Affairs Committee passed the bill to the Judiciary Committee, where it now sits.

Arizona is our only mainland neighbor to enact legislation that authorizes it to not observe daylight-saving time adjustments.

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