Washington House OKs step toward year-round daylight saving

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — As daylight saving time is set to take effect in most of the U.S. this weekend, the Washington House has passed a measure that would make those later sunsets permanent in the state all year — if Congress allows it.

The measure passed the chamber on an 89-7 vote Saturday and now heads to the Senate, which has its own bill that could come up for a vote in the coming days. The vote comes as more than two dozen states are considering measures to avoid the twice yearly clock change.

Both the Senate and House measures would only take effect if Congress passes legislation allowing states to observe daylight saving time year-round.

While federal law allows states to opt into standard time permanently — which Hawaii and Arizona have done — the reverse is prohibited and requires Congressional action.