By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: City of Needles (Information)
Needles, California: Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to pursuit through the right channels for the City of Needles to possibly adopt a different time zone during their regular meeting held on Tuesday, June 28th, 2022.
Agenda Item 1: Provide staff direction to look into the City of Needles’ ability to adopt a different time zone.
According to information from the Needles City Clerk’s Office, on June 14, 2022, City Council requested City Staff look into the City of Needle’s ability to adopt a different time zone. Due to the substantial effect that time zones have on interstate commerce and travel within the United States, federal law controls the regulation of time zones.
In order to change to Mountain Standard Time (MST) zone from Pacific Standard Time (PST), the City would have to work collaboratively with the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to submit a formal request to the U.S. Department of Transportation to change the time zone for Needles,
In the case a request for a change in time zone is approved by the Department of Transportation, their General Counsel’s Office will make the recommendation to the Secretary of Transportation.
The process could take up to one year. Existing state law, Proposition 7, an initiative measure approved by the voters at the November 6, 2018, general election in California, sets the standard time for California and sets daylight savings time to begin each March and end each November.
Existing federal law does not currently allow a state to set its standard time to year-round daylight-saving time, Proposition 7 allows the state to set the standard time to year-round daylight-saving time if federal law authorizes the states to do so.
On March 15, 2022, the U.S. Senate passed Marco Rubio’s bill the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021 (S.623). The bill would make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent across the country starting in 2023.
The bill is currently being held at the desk of the U.S. House of Representatives.
As for any fiscal impact to note, the City of Needles states City Staff time and attorney fees to develop and process necessary documents and travel expenses to request for a time change.
According to information from the Needles City Clerk’s Office, the recommendation for members of the Needles City Council is to provide staff direction.
The agenda item was submitted by Patrick Martinez, Needles Assistant City Manager.
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After discussion, public comments and advice from the Needles City Attorney on how to process on this action item, Needles City Council voted unanimously to a pursuit this through the right channels as suggested by the city attorney; to go through the board of supervisors and United States Congress regarding the City of Needles adopting a different time zone.
For more information, please contact Dale Jones, City Clerk at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.