Texas considers getting rid of Daylight Saving

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Are you still recovering from changing that clock an hour forward over the weekend? Well, imagine if there was no more springing forward or falling back. One lawmaker wants to make Daylight Saving Time a thing of the past for all Texans.

 House Bill 150 was drafted by Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, in November 2014. The bill will be debated by the House’s Government Transparency and Operation Committee on Wednesday. If the bill passes the full legislature, the Lone Star State will be exempt from Daylight Saving Time forever. Flynn says he got the idea after finding the hour switch-over frustrating. But he also realized, there are safety benefits. Flynn says some children have to head to school before the sun comes up and that’s not safe. There’s also research that says switching back and forth is bad on our health.

“Central standard time or as I like to call it ‘Texas time’ is what we should be going by and it’s really kind of interesting because so many people say they really just don’t like to put up with it,” Flynn said. “Another myth is that it was going to save us a lot of money, but there’s an Indiana study that says it actually cost us more money.”

Many people have also heard Daylight Saving was developed because of farming — more hours of daylight means more time in the field for farmers. But that is not true. Germany was the first country to implement it, and the United States took up the practice upon entering World War I, hypothetically to save energy. That’s why Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner, Sid Miller says the change does not affect the industry.

“I think it’s irrelevant, I don’t think it really matters. We get up and start at sunrise, and finish when the chores are done. Most of the days we don’t look at the clock,” Miller said.

Right now, Arizona and Hawaii are the only places in the country that do not use Daylight Saving Time. Texas is not the only state considering to eliminate the twice a year time change.The states of Utah and Nebraska have thought about dropping it. Lawmakers in Missouri are also looking over a plan to give people more daylight hours.

The public hearing on House Bill 150 starts at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. If the bill passes, it will take effect September 1, 2015.

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