NC lawmakers are now pushing through a bill that would keep daylight savings time permanent in our state, meaning no more time changes, and no more gaining or losing an hour of sleep.
House Bill 350, officially titled the “Designate NC Time Zone/Observe DST All Year” bill, passed the House State and Local Government committee yesterday and now moves to the House Rules committee before an official vote on the floor.
The language of the bill reads; “The standard time of the State and its political subdivisions is the time designated by the United States Department of Transportation pursuant to the Uniform Time Act of 1966 (15 U.S.C. §§ 260-267). If authorized by Congress, the State and its political subdivisions shall observe Daylight Saving Time, as provided in 15 U.S.C. § 260a, at all times throughout the year.”
Lawmakers from several neighboring states have also filed similar bills this year, including Tennessee, South Carolina, and Florida, and a separate time permanence measure was just introduced to the US Congress by Senator Marco Rubio.
Those who support a permanent time change argue that it would result in fewer health-related and transportation deaths, a decrease of energy consumption in the winter, and a marginal production increase from employees.
What do you think about making Daylight Savings Time permanent?