For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
[email protected]

Oklahoma Republican Lawmaker Files Legislation for Political Points

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, NOVEMBER 12, 2021 – While Democratic lawmakers are working hard for Oklahomans on issues important to their daily lives, Republican lawmaker Nathan Dahm is filing legislation that’s nothing more than political grandstanding for reelection.

“As Oklahomans face a healthcare crisis of low COVID vaccinations and mask mandate issues, we have a lawmaker more interested in Daylight Saving Time,” declared Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. “Our state has more substantive issues to be working on to help and protect Oklahomans, not issues to boost one’s personal profile for reelection.

“Changing clocks was historically established by law in 1918 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I and was made permanent in 1966 with the Uniform Time Act of 1966,” continued Andrews. “Although states are granted the right to opt-out of observing Daylight Savings Time and remain on standard time, they may not establish a year-round Daylight Savings Time. Only Congress can make this change.

“This is another waste of taxpayers’ money and time for a state lawmaker to concentrate on an issue that cannot be enacted without congressional approval. Dahm needs to focus his attention on issues close to home impacting Oklahoma families and stop focusing on legislation that cannot be enacted at the state level,” concluded Andrews.

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