State Representative Michelle Hoitenga

State Representative Michelle Hoitenga (R-Manton) introduced House Bill 4303 to eliminate the biannual time change nationally established in the 1960s. Similar legislation was introduced in 2015 and 2017 but was never voted out of committee.

The language of the original bill would keep Michigan on Eastern Standard Time, but Hoitenga wants to amend it to daylight saving time year-round to preserve the later sunset. Though daylight saving is a federal law, states can vote to exempt themselves. Only Arizona and Hawaii do not observe DST and are on standard time year-round. The Florida Legislature became the first in the country to vote to stay on daylight saving time year-round in 2018 but is awaiting federal approval.

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