CLARKSTON, WA - This weekend marks the end of Daylight Saving Time for 2019. For now, both Idaho and Washington residents should set their clocks back, or "fall back", one hour before they go to bed on Saturday night. The official time change happens at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday Morning.
A new Washington law was signed by Governor Jay Inslee back in May. It would eliminate the twice-yearly time change and leave Washington on Daylight Saving Time permanently. But under federal law, states aren’t allowed to stay on permanent daylight time without congressional approval. That means Washington’s law won’t take effect unless Congress acts.
If the measure does clear Congress, that would mean Clarkston and Pullman would be an hour ahead of Lewiston and Moscow between November and March, unless a change is also made in Idaho.
A bill that would have eliminated Daylight Saving Time in Idaho failed in the Idaho House in February with a vote of 15-55. Opposed lawmakers said the bill could harm businesses near bordering states with different time zones, and it could negatively impact recreation activities. If lawmakers in Idaho one day succeed at simply eliminating the time change, and both state's changes were approved by congress, that would mean Lewiston/Moscow and Clarkston/Pullman would permanently be an hour off.