Senate Republicans burning daylight on low-priority legislation

Legislation was advanced in the Local Government Committee this week to establish daylight saving time as the year-round standard in Minnesota. It would result in more daylight in the evenings and less in the mornings, especially during winter months. DFL members raised concerns about the safety of school children riding the morning bus, and the legislation is not able to move forward without changes made at the federal level.

While the House DFL is hearing important bills such as affordable insulin, gun violence safety measures, and protecting Minnesotans’ privacy at the ballot box, the Senate Republicans are wasting time on bills that can’t be implemented unless Congress changes federal law. Currently, states are permitted to opt out of daylight saving time and remain on standard time year-round. However, states are not currently permitted to permanently stay on daylight saving time, as this potential legislation proposes. The bill passed out of committee and was sent to the Senate floor. (SF 1416).