Convinced by constituents and healthcare professionals that Alaska did not need Daylight Savings Time, Rep. Anna Fairclough in 2009 introduced a bill that would have exempted the state from the annual “fall back” and “spring forward” time change. The proposal never reached a vote in the Senate.
Fast foward to 2015, and Fairclough is now Sen. Anna MacKinnon, thanks to a recent marriage, and the Anchorage Republican thinks now is the time to test the idea again. MacKinnon says she will file a bill this session that would scrap Daylight Savings in Alaska.
Last time around, H.B. 19 passed the House by a 22-15 vote but languished in Senate committees.
For what it's worth, I agree that "Daylight Saving Time" serves little purpose, in Alaska. In summer, when we have 22+ hours of daylight, what exactly are we saving?
And in winter, when we have five hours of daylight - or much, much less in the far north - moving the hands on the clock doesn't do anything for us, either.
Yes, there are those who talk about energy savings in warm climates, but others have pointed out that those alleged savings are off-set by increased lighting demands when making folks get out of bed earlier in the morning.
The arrogance of Man, to think we can tell the sun what time it is. Sigh ...