PROPOSED: Daylight Savings Time Year Round in Tennessee

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A Tennessee lawmaker has introduced a bill to observe daylight saving time year-round in the Volunteer State.

The bill is being filed by Rep. Rick Tillis and if passed, would make daylight saving time the standard time of the entire state.

Tillis has said in the past that the extra hour would improve health and the overall quality of life for people living in the state. He also feels it would encourage people to stay active and spend time supporting local businesses.

However, even if it does get approved at the state level, the law can't go into effect unless it's signed off by the federal government.

According to the bill, the law would take effect on the first Sunday of November after the United States Congress amends or repeals a federal law that requires states to observe standard time.

In other words, states can exempt themselves from observing daylight saving time but not standard time.

This is not the first time it has been suggested. Most recently, it was proposed in 2014 for Tennessee...

The previous bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville, would have made daylight savings time permanent in Tennessee. The state currently moves clocks forward an hour each spring and back an hour each fall.

Todd told the Knoxville News Sentinel that he thinks the bill would have only positive effects.

Although a couple of lawmakers expressed reservations about the change, the bill passed out of subcommittee in 2014 but froze shortly after.


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