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Daylight-saving time extension brightens Halloween

Legislation marks end of long road for Wyo 2nd graders

July 29, 2005

Washington, D.C. – Congress has finally seen the light and because of it we’ll all be seeing more of it, said U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. who praised the extension of daylight-saving time and the efforts of some Wyoming elementary school students.

Sharon Rasmussen is a teacher at Sheridan, Wyoming’s Highland Park Elementary School. She and her students have been writing to Enzi since he took office, asking the senator to help them in their quest to extend daylight-saving time until Halloween to make it safer for kids to trick-or-treat.

“Please help us to add one more week to Daylight Saving Time because I like to play outside until 8:30 p.m. I also like to trick-or-treat,” one student wrote in a letter to Enzi.

To help, Enzi has introduced the Halloween Safety Act each Congress since 1999. Friday, the Senate passed an energy bill that included language that would achieve the changes set forth in Enzi’s act by extending daylight-saving time past Halloween to the first Sunday in November. The provision in the energy bill would also start daylight-saving time earlier, on the second Sunday in March instead of in April.

“You can’t vote until you are 18, but you’re never too young to participate in this great democracy of ours and make a positive difference,” said Enzi, who attended Highland Park when he was in grade school.

The daylight-saving provision was added as an energy-saving measure to the House version of the energy bill. Enzi asked colleagues charged with reconciling the House and Senate versions of the energy bill to keep the daylight-saving provision in the final text.

“I’ve used this issue to help teach my students about civic participation as well as how to write formal letters. This is wonderful news,” said Rasmussen.

But just because this issue has been resolved doesn’t mean it’s the end of letters from Rasmussen and her students.

“My students have opinions on issues that directly affect them. There is never a shortage of subjects for them to write their senator about,” she said.