Senate passes bill to keep New Mexico on Daylight Saving Time

FILE - Custodian Ray Keen checks the time on a clock face after changing the time on the 97-year-old clock atop the Clay County Courthouse, in this Nov. 6, 2010 file photo taken in Clay Center, Kan. Most Americans will be able to get an extra hour of sleep Sunday Nov. 2, 2014 thanks to the annual shift back to standard time. Officially, the change occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, but most people will set their clocks back before hitting the sack Saturday night. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
FILE - Custodian Ray Keen checks the time on a clock face after changing the time on the 97-year-old clock atop the Clay County Courthouse, in this Nov. 6, 2010 file photo taken in Clay Center, Kan. Most Americans will be able to get an extra hour of sleep Sunday Nov. 2, 2014 thanks to the annual shift back to standard time. Officially, the change occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, but most people will set their clocks back before hitting the sack Saturday night. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The bill aimed to keep New Mexico on Daylight Saving Time passed the Senate with a 28-10 vote and will now head to the House.

The bill means depending on the time of year, New Mexico’s time would match a very different set of states. If it passes, the bill means from March through October, New Mexico’s clocks would match mountain states, or states like Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado. However, from November through February, New Mexico’s time would match states to the east including Texas, Illinois, Louisiana.

If the bill passes the House and is signed into law, the federal government would still have a say in the time change.

According to Sen. Cliff Pirtle, 14 other states have introduced bills to not change their clocks.

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