Reagan signs bill lengthening daylight saving time, 1986
Daylight-Saving Time Period to Be Longer WASHINGTON (AP) President Reagan signed a bill Tuesday lengthening daylight-saving time by three weeks, climaxing a 10-year effort that was opposed largely by members of Congress from rural areas. Beginning next year, people would set their clocks ahead an hour on the first Sunday in ApriL Under a 1966 law, daylight-saving time has begun on the last Sunday in ApriL No change would be made in the ending day for daylight-saving time, the final Sunday in October. Rural lawmakers, particularly those in western time zones, had argued that the change would force children and farmers to begin more of their days in the dark. Supporters of the change claimed it would save energy and cut down on highway deaths, since drivers would spend less time on darkened roads. The three-week extension was incorporated into a bill to double federal spending on fire prevention, to about $18 million a year. "This law will reduce traffic injuries to young and old alike, provide added hours of daylight for people with vision problems and provide one more hour of daylight leisure time for all Americans," Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., a sponsor of the measure, said in a statement released by his office. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., chief sponsor and floor manager of the House-passed version of daylight-saving legislation, said: "The president's favorite line is 'Make my day.' Today he made my day and the law will make the days in April for all Americans a little bit brighter." . Markey's said, "I'm sure that the American people will enjoy an extra hour of sunlight in the early evening hours of April rather than being awakened by a blinding sun at five in the morning."