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West Coast needs to move together on time change, legislators decide

SALEM — Oregon may not go it alone on switching to daylight saving time year-round.

In the latest legislative proposal, Oregon would only stop “falling back” in November if neighboring California and Washington do likewise.

Washington lawmakers approved the idea this month. They still need to reconcile differences between the competing proposals — one bill would refer the question to voters, while the other would not — and submit one to Gov. Jay Inslee for approval.

In California, voters passed Proposition 7 last year, allowing a change to permanent daylight time if two-thirds of legislators approve. A bill to put California on year-round daylight time has not yet received a vote.

If all three states move to daylight time, the West Coast of the continental United States would effectively run on Mountain Standard Time year-round. British Columbia is . . .