Legislator proposes that TN stay on daylight saving time year around

State Rep. Rick Tillis is renewing a push – the last try failed in the House four years ago — to have the legislature make daylight saving time permanent in Tennessee.

From the Commercial Appeal:

“I’ve done two polls, one on Facebook, one on Twitter, and both of them come in right at 89 percent in favor of staying on daylight saving time year around,” he said. “People [would] rather have an hour of daylight in wintertime. They go to work and it’s dark and they come home and it’s dark, and I think a lot of people have expressed how they would like to get out and exercise and spend some time with their kids outdoors after work.”

Tillis introduced a bill (HB1518) that would exempt the State of Tennessee from daylight saving time, a practice adopted in the United States in 1918 where residents roll clocks forward an hour in the Spring. The lawmaker said language from an old measure was used accidentally. Instead, it’s standard time he wants to get rid of. He plans to let the current bill die and introduce the bill with opposite language within the next week.

…Tillis said Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, will sponsor the bill in the senate.

Note: Former Rep. Curry Todd, R-Collierville, and Sen. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma, sponsored the last such bill in 2014. Previous post on its demise is HERE.

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