LAWMAKERS LOOK TO PUT AN END TO DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

News 6 - March 12, 2024 6:08 am

A renewed push is being made at the capitol to “lock the clock,” putting an end to the seasonal shift brought about by Daylight Saving Time.

Oklahoma Senator James Lankford is co-sponsoring a bill with Senator Marco Rubio of Florida to keep the US on a single time permanently.

The bill moving through the Senate would eliminate the bi-annual time changes, pending federal approval.

“Sunday we changed our clocks, and hopefully that’s the last time,” Sen. Blake Stephens (R-Tahlequah) said.

Stephens’ bill is all dependent on the “Sunshine Protection Act” passing on the federal level, which would allow states to decide whether or not they want to observe daylight saving time year-round.

The author, Sen. Stephens, says 19 other states have already passed legislation to lock the clock and he’s hoping this will put some pressure to pass that Sunshine Protection Act.

A similar measure was stalled in the state House that would stop the time change, switching to permanent standard time.

The Senate bill passed off the floor Monday with a vote of 37-9. It will now move over to the House for consideration.

 

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