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Lawmaker tries to end time change
Anjeanette Damon


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Assemblyman Bob McCleary is tired.

He’s tired of changing his alarm clock, his kitchen clock, his work clock, his car clock and his watch when April and October roll around.

And he’s tired of losing an hour of sleep every year.

So, one day after Nevadans were forced to spring their clocks forward in the annual rite of daylight-saving time, McCleary, D-North Las Vegas, made his pitch to a panel of lawmakers to abolish the practice in the state.

“I was hoping to make a point about what this does to you physically,” McCleary said about scheduling the first hearing of Assembly Bill 18 the Monday after the time change. “But nobody was awake enough to really pay attention.

“Everyone is grumpy.”

Similar measures have failed before the Legislature five times in the past, McCleary said.

If the Legislature passed it this year, Nevada would be one of three states – Arizona, Hawaii and Indiana — not to participate in daylight saving.

Daylight-saving time was first created in 1789 as a way to save lamp oil, McCleary said. And the federal government required it during both World Wars as a way to save fuel.

McCleary figures there’s no need for it now. He said the only opposition is from people who are worried about youth sports, which take advantage of the extra daylight in the evenings.

“This is not some issue of life or death for me,” he said. “I just think it’s a good idea.”