Lawmaker wants to make Daylight Saving Time year-round in Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – There is still time before Tennessee has to “spring forward” for Daylight Saving Time but a legislator is hoping to make it permanent and year-round.

Representative Rick Tillis is filing a bill to end the practice of “falling back” every November.  

Tillis said he hears from constituents daily. 

They tell him it interrupts their schedules, from kids standing at bus stops in the dark and feeding schedules for farm animals.  

 “It is an antiquated practice, we’ve been doing it since 1918, over a hundred years now. Its original intent was to save electricity when electricity was first becoming widely available. But it’s been proven time after time with studies that it saves no appreciable energy. and it creates a great deal of issues for people, health issues, scheduling issues, IT issues across the country and quite frankly it just needs to be done away with,” Rep. Tillis told News 2. 

He said he is confident the bill will pass the House and feels strongly it could make it through the Senate this year. 

Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and most of Arizona don’t observe Daylight Saving Time.

Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Rep. Tillis wanted to end Daylight Saving Time. His bill is aimed at keeping Daylight Saving Time permanently. 

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