Why Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time

Spring forward! Fall back! Neither of these apply in Arizona. Why?

After World War I & II established “war time” to conserve fuel, the Uniform Time Act of 1966 brought back the time change we now know as Daylight Saving Time.

The idea behind the Uniform Time Act of 1966 was simple: Congress wanting to set a standard time nationwide. In theory, more daylight meant Americans would use less energy in the evening.

There was one problem though.

In Arizona, longer days meant using more air conditioning. After observing Daylight Saving Time in 1968, the state exercised its right to opt out of the Uniform Time Act a year later.

Not all of Arizona goes without Daylight Saving Time. The Navajo Nation in the northeastern corner of the state still moves forward an hour during the spring and goes back an hour in the fall.

Courtesy: nationsonline.org

There was a discussion, albeit brief, to establish Daylight Saving Time in the state.

According to KPNX, House Bill 2014 was proposed in January 2015. Its reception to the public was cool at best and the bill was quickly withdrawn.


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