Permanent daylight saving time bill advances in NC House

Published 7:02 pm Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Some North Carolina lawmakers want to “spring forward” for good by making daylight saving time permanent in the state.

A state House committee voted on Wednesday for legislation that would avoid the twice-annual time shift and have later sunsets for good — but only if Congress passes a federal law allowing states to observe daylight saving year-round.

Other states are considering similar conditional legislation. President Donald Trump also likes the idea of permanent daylight saving nationwide.

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North Carolina bill sponsor Rep. Jason Saine of Lincolnton cited studies in suggesting a permanent shift could result in fewer health-related and transportation deaths and decrease energy consumption in the winter. But it also would mean children wait in the dark more for morning school buses.

The measure now goes to another House panel.

– Associated Press