Friday, March 09, 2012

St. Rep. Combs To Introduce Bill To Repeal Daylight Savings Time

Columbus – State Representative Courtney Combs (R- Hamilton) will introduce legislation today to repeal Daylight Savings Time in Ohio, and keep the state on standard time throughout the year. Under the federal Uniform Time Act of 1966, a state can move off DST by passing legislation at the state level.

“It is time to retire this World War I era antique” Combs said. “Daylight Savings Time is a perfect example of a government policy far outliving its usefulness and continuing simply because that’s the way it has always been done. While it may have made sense when the government was fighting a war, it has no place in a modern world. Nowadays, all it does is inconvenience people twice a year”

Currently, the states of Hawaii and Arizona, as well as all the American insular territories (Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands) do not utilize Daylight Savings Time. In recent years, efforts have been put forth in Alaska, Colorado, and Florida to eliminate the time change.

Originally put forth as a wartime conservation effort, recently doubts have grown about the environmental effectiveness of Daylight Savings Time with regards to saving energy. Studies done by the National Bureau of Standards have found no discernible energy savings from the time shift. As a result of examining utility bills in jurisdictions that have moved back and forth between DST and year-long standard time have actually shown that the time shift increased electricity consumption