James Gramp

James Gramp

Sales Coordinator

With his signature common sense, quiet good humor, and brilliant customer service, Jim is the other half of the RBI phone answering dynamic duo! An Arizona native, Jim manages agent relationships for the East Coast and specializes in the RBI agent tools, especially the Agent Market Edge. Jim has been a licensed health insurance agent for over a year, and has worked at RBI for 2 years. An accomplished bassoonist, he is known around the office for his amazing musical skills. In addition to keeping busy around the office, Jim frequently contributes to our blog, bringing a new agent’s perspective to the RBI online presence.

Daylight Saving Rebels:

Answers to your “burning” questions

Sales Coordinator/Independent Insurance Agent: James Gramp

Don’t forget: Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday!

In case you haven’t noticed it yet, we at RBI are full of weird-and-wonderful facts.  We also love puns.  This article is great because it combines both! That’s because Arizona (and a few other awesome places) are real Daylight Saving rebels…and RBI is here to answer your “burning” questions about Daylight Saving Time. (Yeah, that’s right, we went there.) So grab your sunscreen and strap in for a great ride!

Have you ever noticed on your smart phone that Arizona has its own time zone?

That’s because we’re rebels who don’t observe Daylight Saving time — and if you ask me, we could use less daylight, especially in the summertime when temperatures are routinely 110.  But let’s get serious for a minute. Why doesn’t Arizona conform to the rest of the country (minus Hawaii, who also doesn’t observe Daylight Saving time)?  I’m glad you asked!

Daylight Saving Rebels

Can you imagine a world where it’s 8:45 PM, it’s still 100+ degrees, and the sun is still up?

Can you imagine a world where it’s 8:45 PM, it’s still 100+ degrees, and the sun is still up? Why would Arizona participate in that horror?  The correct answer is a big “No!”

As a bit of history: The Uniform Time Act of 1966 is a United States federal law designed to make official the date when Daylight Saving Time takes effect.  However, the law does not require that all states observe Daylight Saving Time. In fact, since 1968, Arizona Legislature opted out of the Uniform Time Act, and we have been sticking it to the man ever since.  In a stunning act of bipartisanship in 1991 and 2014, State Republicans and Democrats unanimously rejected proposals to get in on the Daylight Saving train.

Rebelling against being Daylight Saving Rebels

There is a local exception from being an exception to the Daylight Saving Time rule though (because Inception is actually a real-life-Arizona-thing).  The Navajo Reservation DOES observe Daylight Saving Time, which is especially interesting because it surrounds the Hopi Reservation which does NOT.  To make it even more confusing, there is an even smaller Navajo territory inside the Hopi Reservation that’s inside the larger Navajo reservation.  Check out this map of the reservations in AZ to see what I’m talking about. Hint: Look at the NE corner of AZ.

Other Daylight Saving Trivia

Fun Fact #1: China, which spans 5 time zones, only recognizes one time zone: Beijing time.  Those lucky enough to live in the far west get to enjoy midnight sunsets.

Fun Fact #2: Those of you who say “Daylight Savings Time” are actually saying it incorrectly.  The correct way to say it is “Daylight Saving Time,” with no “s” at the end.  Shout out to the grammar police! (You know who you are!)

If you’d like more information about the history of Daylight Saving Time, check out these great articles from the AZ Republic and CNN.

And there you have it, folks! Now you can wow your friends with your “timely” knowledge! Another great way to wow your friends is to show off your extensive carrier portfolio! Pick up more contracts by clicking here and don’t forget about our great training opportunities! Call 1-800-997-3107 to speak to our great team! We love hearing from YOU! 

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