Bill that would allow Alabama to stay on daylight saving time needs congressional act

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(WHNT) – A bill that would allow Alabama to stay on daylight saving time year-round requires an act of Congress before becoming law.

The bill, HB 215, was passed in the Alabama House Tuesday. The House voted 104 to 1.

Read the full bill here

The bill is now headed to the Alabama Senate.

We could all use a little more daylight. So how would you feel if it were all the time?

The entire region sped time forward by an hour over the weekend – and lost a precious hour of sleep at the same time.

But lawmakers have a plan that would keep alabama clocks ticking year-round. According to Representative Wes Kitchens, this would mean no more changing the clocks in Alabama.

Lawmakers in the alabama house voted Tuesday to stay on daylight saving time year-round.
Most of the state representatives voted in favor of it. Only one voted no – 104 to 1.

States – like California and Texas – have proposed similar bills in the past. Some states may consider daylight saving an old practice, but research suggest a change in the law could be risky.

For instance – a 2016 study by the American Economic Association says losing an hour led to more car accident fatalities and another study claimed an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

Some would rather have consistency

Huntsville resident Kitty Hines says she just wants consistency with whatever lawmakers decide.

“I just got back from a trip to San Antonio and we went by train and everything’s fine until the daylight saving time changed,” said Hines. “The morning it changed, I had to get up at 3:30 in order to get all my things together and catch the train at 6 in the morning.”

Hawaii and much of Arizona are the only states that don’t observe daylight saving time. The National Geographic says, “while most of the state ignores daylight saving time, the Navajo Nation, which covers part of northeastern Arizona, observes it.”

Right now- the bill is headed to the Alabama senate. If Congress chooses to amend the law, the bill would go into effect three months after its passage and the governor’s approval.

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