Texas Lawmakers Vote To Stay On Daylight Saving Time
Do you hate changing you clocks twice a year? Do you hate Springing Forward and Falling Back? If so there is a little bit of good news out there for you. But don't get too excited just yet.
On Tuesday the Texas House voted overwhelmingly to stay with daylight saving time and to stop changing clocks twice a year. The vote on House Bill 1422 was approved 136-5. But don't celebrate just yet. The bill still has to be approved by the Texas Senate and then signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. And then, if all of that were to happen there is still one other major pain in the... let's say hurdle that House Bill 1422 has to clear.
The United States Congress. And we all know how easy it is for Congress to approve of something. As the Texas Tribune reported, Congress would have to pass a law allowing states to observe daylight saving time year around.
If HB 1422 were to become law, Texas would join 19 states that have enacted or passed measures for year-round observation of daylight saving time, according to a tally from research group National Conference of State Legislatures.
Still, the laws cannot go into effect — as HB 1422 notes — unless Congress enacts a law granting states the authority to observe daylight saving time all the time. Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida introduced a federal bill last month that seeks to do just that.
“This ritual of changing time twice a year is stupid,” Rubio said in a statement last month. “Locking the clock has overwhelming bipartisan and popular support.”
There are other proposals in the Texas legislature that would get rid of the time change. One would have voters cast a vote on what they would like to do as far as the time change goes.
While I believe we should do away with changing clocks twice a year, I don't see it going away anytime soon. Not with Congress in the shape it is in and not without a President and other elected officials who will really jump on the bandwagon.
But it would be nice.