By Erica Thomas
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) introduced legislation Tuesday to allow states like Alabama to stay on Daylight Saving Time year-round. He presented the bill to the U.S. House of Representatives
Rogers said although Alabama passed a bill in the regular session this year to stay on Daylight Saving Time, it takes “an Act of Congress to allow them to actually make the change.”
“Every fall I hear from constituents who ask why we have to change the clocks and wonder what can be done to stop this nuisance,” Rogers said.
Rogers’ bill will allow any state that wants to change to year-round Daylight Saving Time to make that change.
“Changing the clocks twice a year is an antiquated practice and studies have shown that year-round Daylight Saving Time has potentially huge benefits for the economy and people’s health,” Rogers added. “Who doesn’t love a little more sunshine in their day?”
At least 14 other states have passed similar legislation, expressing the will of their people to stay on Daylight Saving Time. Rogers' proposed Act of Congress would allow them to make that change.
The purpose of Daylight Saving Time (DST) is to make better use of the time that the sun is out and to save on energy in Spring, Summer and Fall. DST is used in over 70 countries.