DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME COULD SOON BE A THING OF THE PAST
This might be the last year Alabama participates in daylight saving time, because residents have been complaining that springing forward makes them fall back.
And since residents have spoken, Alabama’s lawmakers are listening. Many people believe going back an hour in the winter isn’t useful in this day and age, and they’d prefer more sunlight in the fall.
A resolution requesting that the federal government end the practice passed the Alabama Senate Thursday.
“What the resolution calls for is creating a new standard time,” said state Sen. Rusty Glover. “That’s basically what daylight saving time is today.”
The change would mean time no longer falls back an hour beginning Nov. 4, meaning there would be an extra hour of sunlight in the winter.
Glover said he introduced the resolution after residents in his community complained about having to set their clocks back.
“When it came around they were very distraught because it gets dark earlier and they are traveling home from work in the dark,” Glover said.
There are a ton of benefits from having longer hours of sunlight, like getting home from work while it’s still light outside and children having more time outdoors in the winter. Even realtors said they’d appreciate having more daylight to show homes.
But not everyone is on board. Students who take early morning buses to school would sometimes be waiting in the dark, and that’s far from ideal for parents concerned about their children’s well-being.
The resolution is on its way to the Alabama house. If it’s passed, the request will be sent off to Washington, D.C., for U.S. Congressional approval.
Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that do not adhere to the practice, but if enough states get on board the proposal could eventually apply to the entire U.S.