Permanent daylight saving time bill sent to Oklahoma governor

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Gov. Kevin Stitt now has the decision to make whether Oklahoma should become a Daylight Saving Time state only.

Senate Bill 1200 was approved this week in the State House. The measure’s author is Sen. Blake Cowboy Stephens, R-Tahlequah.

“This legislation has come as a result of input from Oklahomans, lawmakers, health professionals, public safety officials, and countless other individuals who are passionate about ensuring our state lands on the right side of this issue,” stated Stephens in a press release following the approval.

Practicing permanent Daylight Saving Time will result in a healthier, more productive, and safer state overall. I am incredibly thankful to Speaker McCall for his assistance in the advancement of this key policy and to all the lawmakers who have supported this initiative along the way.”

SB 1200 provides that Oklahoma shall adopt permanent Daylight Saving Time (DST) upon passage of a federal law authorizing states to choose whether or not to participate in what critics contend is an antiquated practice of bi-annual time change.


Stephens added that Oklahoma is the 20th state to pass legislation in support of permanent DST. Since 2018, proponents of locking the clock have called on Congress to approve the Sunshine Protection Act.

“There is strength in numbers, and the states in support of permanent DST must continue to push for action at the federal level. I look forward to continued collaboration with Oklahoma’s federal delegation as we continue the journey to officially lock our clock.” Stephens said.

Senate Bill 1200 now heads to the governor’s desk for final consideration.