Montana Daylight Savings Time Referendum (2012)

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The Montana Daylight Savings Time Referendum did not get placed on the 2012 ballot in the state of Montana as a legislatively-referred state statute. The measure was introduced during 2011 session on January 20 and was being sponsored by State Senator Terry Murphy. The measure, if it had been sent to the ballot by voters, would have allowed the state to opt out of daylight savings time year round, and would have kept Montana consistently on Mountain Standard Time. The Montana Legislature must have passed the measure before sending it to the ballot in November 2012.[1]

Text of amendment

Bill summary

The summary of the bill, according to the Montana Legislature, read as follows:[1]

"An act providing for the year-round observance of Mountain Standard Time throughout the entire state of Montana, including all political subdivisions; exempting the state from observance of Daylight Saving Time; providing that the proposed act be submitted to the qualified electors of Montana; amending Section 30-14-1729, MCA; and providing an effective date."

Path to the ballot

On January 26, 2011, the Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee planned a hearing on the measure. The Montana Legislature adjourned without the measure being sent to the ballot.[2]