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House wants study on dumping Daylight Saving Time
Sound off » Bill would order meeting to let people speak their mind on issue.
First Published Feb 27 2014 04:54 pm • Last Updated Feb 27 2014 08:43 pm

Do you hate switching to and from Daylight Saving Time? The House endorsed a bill Thursday that would allow people to sound off, and weigh in on a study about whether to keep it, dump it or at least avoid the switching.

Representatives passed HB197 on a 54-14 vote, and sent it to the Senate.

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Rep. Ronda Menlove, R-Garland, sponsored the plan to require the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to hold a meeting on the issue, and invite "parents, senior citizens, and representatives from the agricultural, public education, recreation and business communities."

She said constituents have pushed her for 10 years to find a way to avoid the twice-a-year switch to and from Daylight Saving Time. But bills to do that have been consistently killed, so she is calling for the meeting to seek a solution.

"They don’t mind if we have Daylight Saving Time or regular time, they just don’t want to switch. They don’t like the disruption," she said about constituents.

Rep. David Lifferth, R-Eagle Mountain, said Daylight Saving Time "is a terrible idea and has been since it started."

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