Lovas’ daylight saving time bill was bad idea for AZ

Chamber of Commerce coordination? Nah. Well, maybe just a nudge

State Rep. Phil Lovas, (R-LD 22) has withdrawn HB 2014, which would have put Arizona on daylight saving time. Having heard from constituents and other residents who strongly oppose the concept, Lovas, the prime sponsor, wisely reconsidered.

Few Arizonans relish having an extra hour of sunlight in the blazing hot summer. We sensibly opted out March 21, 1968.

Several other states —- Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Texas, Utah and Wyoming — have contemplated joining Arizona and Hawaii in opting out of daylight-saving time. In fact, this online survey that collected more than 27,000 responses shows two-thirds of Utah residents favor staying on Mountain Standard Time year-round, exactly as Arizona does. 

So who’s lurking behind the scenes attempting to move pioneering Arizona against the tide? What a surprise! The Arizona Chamber of Commerce has issued a policy brief supporting Arizona’s move to daylight saving time.

Lovas’ endorsement page from his campaign website indicates he doesn’t operate in a vacuum. Third on this list of supporters is the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Just a bit further down the list the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce also shows up.

“I support it because I think it will help business in Arizona and help us be more competitive,” echoed State Rep. Paul Boyer, (R-LD 20), one of the bill’s two co-sponsors. Boyer’s list of endorsements also includes both Chambers.

“Arizona is uniquely and adversely impacted by this change in time,” the AZ Chamber’s policy brief states. “The total economic impact of this shift is unclear, but anecdotal data indicates this shift affects Arizona’s economic competitiveness.”

According to the daily, Garrick Taylor, Senior VP of Government Relations and Communications (top lobbyist) for the AZ Chamber says they didn’t coordinate on the legislation. “But we’re always encouraged when lawmakers like Rep. Lovas are looking for ways to strengthen Arizona’s economy,” he said. “We’re hopeful the paper has restarted a conversation that hasn’t been had since the 1960s.”

“I thought it was worth having a discussion on the concept,” the accommodating Lovas, an Ohio native, said. “It’s been about 50 years since daylight saving was implemented and Arizona’s changed greatly.”

Actually, it’s still hot as blazes.

11 Responses to Lovas’ daylight saving time bill was bad idea for AZ

  1. Ajo Joe says:

    Phoenix is considerably hotter today than 50 years ago, and not due to the junk science of ‘Global Warming.’ The city has expanded by miles in every direction, meaning more streets, buildings and sidewalks to hold the intense summer heat. And unlike these proponents of change, I’ve been here long enough to know.

  2. Clair Van Steenwyk says:

    Bad ideas usually if not always remain bad ideas, those we elect need to ask before jumping feet first into this and I’m not talking about the Chamber but US the voters and PCs. God Bless You; Van

  3. PV PC says:

    The AZ Chamber is a major source of campaign dollars. That accounts for the fact that legislators bow and scrape to them and willingly carry their water. I will no longer vote for anyone, regardless of their claims of conservatism, who trumpets a chamber endorsement.

    • American Dad says:

      Interesting. Preceding the last election I did the exact same thing. I went to the campaign sites of my state legislators to check if they were recipients of Chamber of Commerce support. If so, I withheld mine. The Chambers are left of center and support amnesty, since their members have a special place in their hearts for low wage workers.

  4. Clair Van Steenwyk says:

    Well Phil has effectively killed the bill, thank you so much for listening, as we all know for the most part the Reps. in LD 22 do listen to all of US. God Bless You; Van

    • Standing Tall says:

      You appear to scan rather than read. The post makes it clear from the headline on that the bill was killed, but also told the back story of legislators colluding with the money doling C of C.

  5. Clair Van Steenwyk says:

    Trying to make it very clear to all, sorry if that offends you. God Bless You; Van

  6. SmallGovt says:

    It is a very bad idea and I wrote him and did get a reply. His Business Interests are different than my Business Interests. Glad to hear it is dropped.

  7. SmallGovt says:

    The next bill should eliminate pensions paid by taxpayers for all public sector employees and elected officials.

  8. Clair Van Steenwyk says:

    End property taxes

  9. tom says:

    Well, there’s the same amount of daylight and the same amount of heat regardless of how we set or clocks…

    As someone who’s often worked early mornings I think it would be nice to have a later sunrise. It would also make airline schedules etc between states easier