Lawmakers push to keep Tennessee on Daylight Saving Time year-round

Posted March 10, 2019

The change, which takes effect at 2 a.m. this Sunday, will cost millions of Americans an hour of sleep and leave many of us feeling extra groggy. Some newer clocks and the clocks on computers and smartphones change automatically, but many devices still need to be manually set.

There's legislation in Washington and several states to make Daylight Saving Time permanent - though it won't be called DST. It ends the first Sunday in November, when we "fall back". According to Marketplace, the farming lobby was so heavily against the concept, they kept peacetime daylight saving law from being implemented in the USA until 1966. So while you might enjoy the extra daylight next week, be mindful about your heart and your driving. Domestically, 48 states recognize it, but Hawaii, most of Arizona, and U.S. Territories like Puerto Rico and Guam do not.

While many people also cite the reason behind the time change as a way to help farmers with crops and harvesting, the truth is this was a myth created by the Chamber of Commerce to garner support for the concept. Consider setting clocks an hour ahead before bed Saturday night.

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California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin are among the states talking about staying on standard time permanently.

Officially, the province switches to Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 tomorrow morning. Currently, 48 of 50 states have Daylight Saving Time - a practice that, according to Reader's Digest, was adopted into law as part of the Uniform Time Act of 1966.

This weekend, Americans will once again navigate their complex relationship with the chronically confusing and arguably misnamed daylight saving time.

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- The entire southern hemisphere: A few countries, mostly in South America, do observe daylight saving time.

"Those risks could be mitigated by delaying school start-times, which is a cost-effective way to alleviate safety concerns as well as improve students' physical and mental health, attendance and graduation rates, tardiness and dropout rates, and grades and standardized test scores", the study said.

Two bills are working through the state capitol that would keep Tennessee in Daylight Saving Time your-round. Climbing the towers to get to the clocks, said 61-year-old Scott.

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Opponents of the proposition argued that even if California voters and the legislature approve of year-round daylight saving, the hurdle of getting the federal government to approve is too high, considering the state's tense relationship with Washington.