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Arizona Rejects Daylight Saving Time

It’s that time of year again when we “spring forward” an hour so we can all spend more of our days in the sun, which the continental U.S. has been doing on and off since 1918. Everyone except for the Arizonans, that is. That’s right. Arizona (with the exception of some Native American reservations) does not participate in all this daylight saving time malarkey and hasn't since 1968. So, what makes them so special? Perhaps unsurprisingly, it all comes down to <em>the law</em>. Give a lawyer enough leash and a sliver of hope for a payday and apparently he’ll go so far as to sue Father Time for rights to tinker with his hourglass. See, back in 1967 the Arizona state legislature enacted a statute to exempt itself from DST and that was basically all it took. The not-so-secret secret is that any state can do it. In Arizona’s case, lawmakers needed a way to shift the active part of the day closer to a cooler timeframe in order to save energy (and money) otherwise spent running air conditioners. And, if you’ve ever been to Arizona you completely understand this, because the entire state is hotter than the surface of the sun during the summer. [caption id="attachment_11865" align="aligncenter" width="198"]<img class=" wp-image-11865 " title="Arizona Sun" src=" http://sa.atgstores.com/img/blog/2013/03/iStock_000014328998Medium-300x199.jpg " alt="weird daylight saving states" width="198" height="131" /> "If I ignore it maybe it'll go away."[/caption] So, maybe you’re wondering why other states in the continental U.S. don’t do away with DST? Sure, it’d be easy to chalk it up to legislative laziness, which is usually the correct answer, but the truth is that many states have tried and failed, either in the legislature or as a result of the popular vote. Michigan tried and failed. Colorado tried and failed. Nevada also tried … and failed. Indiana succeeded for a while, but then switched back and ended up confusing everyone by pulling a time zone Houdini that currently leaves 12 of the state’s 92 counties on Central Time, while the rest rock the EST. So, what does it all mean? It means that <em>most</em> Americans will be springing forward this weekend, with the exception of the rebels in Arizona. And, the Hawaiians – because time doesn’t exist in paradise. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes everyone has a great Friday and enjoys the extra hour of sunlight that’s just around the corner.
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