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2021 Capitol Report, March 8



With most of the nation set to “spring forward” to Daylight Savings Time this weekend, a New Mexico State Senator is hopeful his effort to stop the twice-annual changing of the clocks becomes law this year.

Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse:

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Ever since his first term in the New Mexico State Senate in 2013, Roswell Senator Cliff Pirtle has become known as “Father Time.”

That’s because the Republican has—during each odd-numbered-years’ 60-day legislative sessions—sponsored bills to exempt New Mexico from changing the time of day from Standard to Daylight Savings Time.

Pirtle, who in 2012 defeated an incumbent Senator who’d been a member of New Mexico’s “upper chamber” for more than years than he’d been alive, is at it again:

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With that momentum established, Pirtle is hopeful about getting the bill to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk this year:

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Pirtle’s bill cleared the State Senate last week… and is now before the House…regardless, the bill will take some—yes—TIME—to be approved by the federal government.

For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge

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