SPOKANE, Wash. — It hasn't even been a week since daylight saving time and if you have hit the snooze button a few more times than usual you're probably not alone.
With the exception of Hawaii and Arizona, most of the United States follows daylight saving time. Now more than half of the country is considering staying on daylight saving time year-round, including Washington state.
Lawmakers in Olympia passed bills in both the House and Senate to avoid the twice-yearly clock change.
There's a chance this could be the last time you have to change your clocks in Washington. Two bills to adopt year-round daylight saving time are gaining traction in the legislature.
Both are very similar. HB 1196 is sponsored by Spokane's Representative Marcus Riccelli. The bill says if the federal government allows states to observe daylight saving time year-round, Washington plans on making daylight saving time the permanent time of our state.
"I think as a parent as well, with two young children, it's time to ditch the switch and move to a permanent daylight saving time which we are already on eight months out of the year," said Rep. Marcus Riccelli.
The Senate has a separate bill it is working on, too. SB 5139 is sponsored by Senator Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside.
The bill also wants to end changing the time on clocks because of the "negative impacts on public health."
It's different than the house bill by asking for voter approval in the next general election.
"Our state would then ask the U.S. Department of Transportation to approve the switch and if they approve, then it goes to congress," said Sen. Jim Honeyford.
At least 26 states are considering similar legislation, including Oregon, Idaho and California.
The bills' supporters say sticking to one time has health benefits and keeps our bodies more in line with our circadian rhythms, which is in line with morning light.
Sen. Honeyford, who is a former police officer, said lighter evenings, would deter crime and promote economic growth because more people are willing to shop if the sun goes down later.
Let's just say if either HB 1196 or SB 5139 makes it to Governor Jay Inslee's desk for signature, they would still need the green light from congress.
Federal law allows states to opt into standard time permanently but not daylight saving time without congressional approval.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Vern Buchanan, both of Florida, introduced legislation to make daylight saving time permanent nationwide.
So what's next? Now that both bills passed the House and the Senate, they will go to the opposing chambers for review.
Both bill sponsors tell KREM 2 that it's unlikely Governor Inslee will have two daylight saving bills to consider and they hope to agree on one bill by the end of this session on April 28.