It’s that dreaded time of year for most of the United States to run their clocks ahead one to observe the Start of Daylight Saving Time.
I say “dreaded time” because that means that we lose an hour of sleep and if you are like me, you don’t like that. And I use the word “most of the United States” because there are two states that do not observe Daylight Saving Time: Arizona and Hawaii. These two states stay on Standard Time all year long.
However, there is a ruckus over Daylight Saving Time in one state in the Ark-La-Tex. If some Texas lawmakers get their way, this will be the last time Texans will lose an hour of sleep.
Late last year State Sen. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio, filed a bill for the current legislative session that would, effective Nov. 5, 2017, remove Texans from having to reset their clocks twice a year. In the House, State Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs introduced a companion bill along with State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton. Isaac and Flynn's bill, HB 2400, was filed on Feb. 24. Menendez's SB 238 is now in the committee phase.
I cannot conceive of saying in my weathercast, “Welcome back everyone. It’s 5:00 am” and having people in Waskom or Linden or Joaquin saying “No it’s not.” Can you imagine the confusion in Texarkana, Arkansas and Texarkana, Texas? Better watch our making appointments! But I do suspect one side of the city would vote to unify the Twin Cities’ time.
It will be interesting to see how the bills in the Texas Senate and House work out.
One more tidbit about moving your clocks ahead Sunday at 2:00 a.m. The law may say that, but you and I both know you can cheat (but I truly have known some people say that they hated staying awake just to rest their clocks). It’s perfectly fine to reset the clock before you go to bed. And you could be like me and just do it sometime Sunday. I have also laughed to myself in church on Sunday morning when someone in their “Sunday Finest” walked into the church with Bible in hand as the preacher was saying the benediction.
You chose the time to reset. And remember, Spring Forward!
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