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Daylight Saving Time--Tucson and Arizona

History

A brief history of dates that Arizona observed Daylight Saving Time on before 1967 can be found at this resource from the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records website:

http://www.azlibrary.gov/arizona-almanac/daylight-savings-time

Tucson went on Daylight Saving Time on April 30, 1967 for the first time since World War II.   Daylight Saving Time was rejected by the Arizona legislature in 1968.  Arizona was exempted from the time change during the energy crisis in the winter of 1973-1974. Arizona State residents have rejected Daylight Saving Time.  For the history of how Arizona decided not to participate in Daylight Saving Time, see the Tucson Citizen article  "Arizona Long Ago Decided It Has Lots of Daylight, Thanks." (April 26, 1968, page A1.)There is also an article on the history of Arizon's rejection of Daylight Saving Time in the Arizona Daily Star.  The article,  "How Ticked-Off Arizona Got Rid of Daylight Saving", was published March 10, 2007 on page 1.

Arizona ended Daylight Saving Time on 3/21/68 when subsections C and D of ARS (Arizona Revised Statues) 1-242 took effect. 

Arizona Revised Statues 1-242; subsections C and D: 

C. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary by the United States government relating to adoption of daylight saving time by all of the states, the state of Arizona elects to reject such time and elects to continue in force the terms of subsection A, relating to standard time in Arizona.

D. The rejection of daylight saving time as provided for in this section may be changed by future legislative action.

Jimmy Stewart Quote

One possible reason why Arizona does not have Daylight Saving Time? Jimmy Stewart, chief meteorologist for Tucson news station KVOA-TV 4, is quoted in a 2005 Arizona Daily Start article as giving the following explanation:

"…the reason I hear most often is simply that we don't need another hour of sunlight in the heat of summer." 

Exceptions and Other Locations that Opt Out of Daylight Saving Time

Navajo Nation in northern Arizona does observe Daylight Saving Time.

In addition to Arizona, Hawaii and some U.S. territories do not observe daylight saving time.

 

Sources:

"Arizona Exempted from the Time Change". Tucson Citizen. January 4, 1974. Page 1. 

"Ask Jimmy." Arizona Daily Star. February 27, 2005. Page C14.

"Daylight Saving Time." Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State . http://www.lib.az.us/links/daylight.aspx (accessed May 21, 2011).

Doane, Doris Chase. Time Changes in the USA. Rev. ed. Tempe, Ariz.: American Federation of Astrologers, 1985.

“Most of US resets time—not Arizonans". Arizona Daily Star. November 7, 2010. Page A2.  

"Tucson Ready for Time Change." Arizona Daily Star. April 29, 1967. Page B1.   

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