Abolish Daylight Saving Time in Texas
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Texas State Senator Menéndez and State Representatives Flynn and Isaac have introduced three bills (with identical language), during the 2017 Texas legislative session, which would end Daylight Saving Time in our state, beginning next year.
Arizona and Hawaii already do not observe DST, so Texas would be joining two other states which have decades of experience keeping standard time year-round, even while the other states change their clocks twice a year. The timing is perfect; since DST was made permanent in 1966, we now have a full fifty years of data and experience to show that this experiment in trying to shape citizens' behavior by changing the time twice a year has not brought the promised blessings.
Daylight Saving Time is a federal law which reaches into the homes of almost every citizen in the United States, and causes negative disruptions to our personal lives twice a year, including:
- Strain on family life
- Harm to physical health
- Reduction in work productivity
(For example, here is a recent article from the Boston Globe highlighting selected research about the effects of DST: https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2017/03/10/proof-daylight-saving-time-dumb-dangerous-and-costly/kOqQs7T33rYHMEnCraQSJO/story.html )
Yet the daylight saving time federal law allows any state which wishes to, to remain on standard time year-round. This is a simple bill that easily attracts bi-partisan support.
We urge the Texas Senate and House, and Governor Abbott, to pass the bill to abolish Daylight Saving Time in Texas, in the 2017 legislative session.
Here is the full text of the bills (SB 238, HB 95, and HB 2400):
AN ACT relating to daylight saving time.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 312.016, Government Code, is amended by
adding Subsection (d) to read as follows:
(d) The state, acting under the exemption provisions of the Uniform Time Act of 1966 (15 U.S.C. Section 260a(a)), is exempt from the provisions of that law that establish daylight saving time. The exemption provided by this subsection applies to both the portion of the state using central standard time as the official standard time and the portion of the state using mountain standard time as the official standard time.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect November 5, 2017, to
coincide with the end of daylight saving time for 2017.
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