Sav­ing day­light? Bill would keep Arkansas on stan­dard time

Texarkana Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Ju­nius Stone

On Mon­day, Arkansas Rep. Sarah Capp, R-Ozark, sub­mit­ted House Bill 1368 to the Arkansas House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. If made into law, it would ex­empt the state from the fed­er­ally man­dated day­light sav­ing time, which moves the clock for­ward from the first Sun­day in March to the first Sun­day in Novem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to the Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette, Ari­zona and Hawaii op­er­ate un­der stan­dard time all year. Fed­eral law al­lows for states to opt out of day­light sav­ings time, but they can­not op­er­ate on day­light sav­ings time all year around.

“If some­thing this was en­acted as a law in Arkansas, Texarkana, West Mem­phis, Ft. Smith, and other bor­der cities would do what they have done for years,” said Jerry Sparks, di­rec­tor of ecomic devel­op­ment for Texarkana, Texas. “They would ad­just and adapt to meet any chal­lenges aris­ing from the time dif­fer­ence. Po­lit­i­cally, it’s hard to imag­ine the gover­nor sign­ing the leg­is­la­tion if it passed both houses of the leg­is­la­ture.”

Legist­la­tion in Kansas has been in­tro­duced to do the same thing. Ac­cord­ing to the Wi­chita Ea­gle,

Rep. Kristey Wil­liams, R-Au­gusta, sub­mit­ted HB 2008, also in­tended to ex­empt Kansas from day­light sav­ing time. In the ar­ti­cle, it is also stated that Sed­wick County, the state’s se­cond most-pop­u­lous county, has adopted elim­i­nat­ing day­light sav­ing time as a legist­la­tive pri­or­ity.

David Den­nis, a Sedg­wick County com­mis­sioner, in­di­cated that the ad­van­tages of day­light sav­ing time are few.

“We don’t re­ally save any day­light what­so­ever,” he said.

Day­light sav­ing time is a mea­sure in­tended to “save time” by mov­ing the clock for­ward or back­ward an hour, de­pend­ing on the time of year, to take max­i­mum ad­van­tage of avail­able day­light. It was first na­tion­ally adopted dur­ing World War 1 by var­i­ous na­tions to con­serve coal use.

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