OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill to put Washington state permanently on daylight time Wednesday afternoon, clearing one more hurdle in efforts to eliminate the twice-yearly clock shift.

The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both the state House and the Senate this legislative session and is among efforts throughout the country, and particularly on the West Coast, to “ditch the switch.”

“It’s part of a movement to get rid of this absurd clock-switching thing that doesn’t make sense anymore,” said Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, one of the bill’s sponsors.

Before the state can adopt permanent daylight time, however, Congress would have to approve. Under federal law, states may decide either to be on permanent standard time — which is what we observe from November through March — or to switch back and forth between standard time and daylight time.

Supporters argued that eliminating the time seesaw has a host of benefits, including health, public-safety and energy-saving gains.

In years past, the state has considered proposals to eliminate the shift, but those efforts were focused on adoption of standard time, which proved wildly unpopular, according to several legislators. Permanent standard time would have meant that the sun would rise during the summer as early as 4 a.m.

By contrast, according to Riccelli, Washington legislators have been overwhelmed by the response from constituents who want that extra hour of light in the evening.

California voters approved a similar measure last year and currently a bill is pending in the legislature that would require the observation of year-round daylight saving time if authorized by Congress.

In Oregon, a bill that would require all of the state in the Pacific Time Zone, which excludes just a portion of Malheur County near the Idaho border, to observe year-round daylight saving time if both Washington and California do the same. That bill has passed the Senate and is now pending in the House.

“I think we can act in unison, the four jurisdictions, and make the argument we can stay in Daylight Saving Time or Pacific Standard Time and then do it together,” Horgan told the Global News.

Proponents say the West Coast presenting a united front on this issue will be key to getting blessing from Congress.

There has also been talk in Idaho of eliminating the time change, and British Columbia Premier John Horgan has said that he will authorize the move to permanent daylight saving time if Washington, Oregon and California do so.

“I think we can act in unison, the four jurisdictions, and make the argument we can stay in Daylight Saving Time or Pacific Standard Time and then do it together,” Horgan told the Global News.

Proponents say the West Coast presenting a united front on this issue will be key to getting blessing from Congress.