3/15/2021 7:43:00 PM Saine Tries Again Introducing another bill to make Daylight Time year-round in NC
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
Representative Jason Saine introduced HB 307 in the NC General Assembly Monday, trying again to end the practice of setting clocks forward in Spring and back in the Fall. The bill calls on the US Congress to allow North Carolina to make Daylight Saving Time permanent. Representatives John Szoka (R-Cumberland), Jon Hardister (R-Guilford), and David Willis (R-Union), are also sponsors of the legislation.
Saine introduced HB350 two years ago. That bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Kelly Hastings (R-Gaston/Cleveland) was essentially the same as the new bill introduced Monday.
“Biannual clock shifts are an antiquated practice that was introduced during the World Wars to help manage energy consumption,” said Rep. Jason Saine. “Today, in our modern economy, rather than saving energy, time shifts have been linked to numerous negative emotional and health effects including seasonal depression, cardiac issues, and stroke.”
“The time has come for our state to spring forward so that North Carolina no longer falls back,” said Rep. Szoka.
As of March 2021, fifteen states — Arkansas, Alabama, California, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming — have passed laws, resolutions, or voter initiatives for permanent DST. In the US Senate the, "Sunshine Protection Act of 2021" was introduced on March 9th by US Senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida), James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi), Rick Scott (R-Florida), and Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts).
"Why are we still doing this? (changing time twice yearly)" Rep. Saine asked two years ago. “It's time to change this outdated policy.. Changing our clocks twice a year is no longer necessary. Computers, smartphones, etc. do it automatically. One might say 'it's a waste of time.'"
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