March 3, 2003
House Rejects Time Change Proposal
The Associated Press
SANTA FE New Mexico will continue to spring forward and fall back.
The House narrowly rejected a proposal Monday that would have exempted New Mexico from daylight-saving time.
The proposal sponsored by Rep. Dianne Miller Hamilton, R-Silver City, would have kept New Mexico on standard time all year like most of Arizona, Hawaii and parts of Indiana, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa.
"It would be delightful for the western part of the state. Arizona and New Mexico would be the same year round," said Hamilton.
Opponents said a time switch would create problems for businesses and communities near the international border with Mexico. If New Mexico stayed with standard time all year, then Las Cruces would operate on different time than El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, said Rep. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces.
Several lawmakers said daylight-saving time benefited children and families during the summer.
"I like my long evenings in daylight savings," said Rep. Jeannette Wallace, R-Los Alamos.
The bill failed by one vote, with 34 members opposing it and 33 supporting it. A similar proposal has been introduced in the Senate.