Lawmakers Propose Making Daylight Saving Time Year-Round

Lawmakers Propose Making Daylight Saving Time Year-Round

4:18pm Mar 14, 2019
SEAN BUETER/WFDD

North Carolina’s clocks recently sprang forward one hour due to daylight saving time. And now, some North Carolina legislators say it should stay that way all year long. 

A group of Republican lawmakers filed House Bill 350 this week. It would eliminate switching back and forth an hour, so there would no falling back in November. Supporters say it could help improve public safety and lead to healthier lifestyles.

Rep. Kelly Hastings of Cleveland County is one of the primary sponsors of the bill.

“When I was a kid, we were always outside," Hastings says. "But now, people are online and on computers so much that anything that encourages a little more time to be outside for those who are able to enjoy it, I think it’s positive.”

Daylight saving time was first introduced nationwide during World War I as a way to conserve energy.

North Carolina would have to get congressional approval for the change. Other states, including South Carolina, have introduced similar measures.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio recently introduced a bill to make daylight saving time permanent nationwide.

President Trump has also shown support for the change on Twitter. On Monday, he tweeted, “Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!”

 *Follow WFDD’s Keri Brown on Twitter @kerib_news

Copyright 2019 WFDD. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.
Support your
public radio station