Oregon Passed a Permanent Daylight Savings Bill, But We’ll Still Be Falling Back This Year

  Despite the passage of Oregon Senate Bill 320, which is intended to put Oregon on daylight saving time permanently, clocks will still be “falling back” an hour in November. 

The bill itself was passed and signed into law this June, and will come into effect January 2020. However, its implementation is a bit more complicated. The bill stipulates that the change will occur the November after both California and Washington approve their own all-year daylight savings policies. 

Washington’s bill has already passed, and while Californians passed a ballot tasking their legislature with implementation, it is currently stuck in the state senate. Congress will also need to give the okay to all three of the participating states. While the necessary legislation has been initiated, it’s likely to be put on the backburner, in light of the ongoing impeachment trial and the upcoming election. 

As far as the bill is concerned, there’s no need to rush, as it has a deadline of 2029. That being said, the California bill is due to be revisited in 2020, so there is a possibility that next March will be the last “spring forward” in Oregon.  

Regions of Oregon on Mountain Time are exempt from the bill’s changes to daylight saving time.  

By Brandon Urey