SALT LAKE CITY — Daylight saving time won't be going away anytime soon.
The Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee adjourned Wednesday without taking any action on a proposal to do away with the winding of clocks twice a year.
"Shifting the clocks doesn't make a lot of sense," said Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George, sponsor of SB157. "It hurts productivity."
Urquhart said the need for the bill stems from an incident in which the granddaughter of one of his constituents died in a car accident.
"If she hadn't gone to school in the dark, that would never have happened," he said.8 comments on this story
Similar bills have been brought before lawmakers in recent years. A bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Nielsen, R-Bountiful, last year also failed to advance from committee. Efforts to end daylight saving time also failed in 2011 and 2010.
"We've faced this before as a body, and I never would have at that time supported it," Urquhart said. "But states need predictability."
Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, noted that many of his constituents — farmers and ranchers, outdoor enthusiasts and car dealers — have requested that daylight saving time remain.