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A state representative on Monday revived an attempt to eliminate daylight saving time in Arkansas.

House Bill 1368 by Rep. Sarah Capp, R-Ozark, would make Arkansas the third state to observe standard time year-round.

The bill would exempt the state from the federally mandated daylight saving time, which shifts the clock forward from the first Sunday in March to first Sunday in November. Arizona and Hawaii operate under standard time year-round.

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Should daylight saving time be eliminated in Arkansas?

Federal law allows for states to opt out of daylight saving time, but they cannot adopt daylight saving time year-round.

[RELATED: Complete Democrat-Gazette coverage of the Arkansas Legislature]

Florida and California both passed laws last year to eliminate standard time in those states, but those wouldn't take effect until Congress amends the law to allow such a change (a proposal to do so has been introduced).

In March, the Congressional Research Office found that 16 states have proposed legislation to adopt a permanent time variation.

Daylight saving time was enacted during World War I to conserve energy.

Rep. David Meeks, R-Conway, introduced a measure similar to HB1368 in 2015, but it was soundly defeated on the House floor 11-69.

-- Hunter Field

CORRECTION: Then-Rep. David Meeks, R-Conway, sponsored a 2015 bill that would have allowed Arkansas to eliminate daylight saving time. An earlier version of this story misstated the 2015 bill’s sponsor.


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Archived Comments

  • karlmhanson
    February 5, 2019 at 7:30 a.m.

    I would favor keeping DST year round. I like the extra hour of light in the evening. Getting rid of DST just makes it darker earlier in the summer months.

  • Happy1234
    February 5, 2019 at 7:38 a.m.

    Keep DST year round or at least leave what we have alone.

  • GOHOGS19
    February 5, 2019 at 8:42 a.m.

    great idea

  • ELL998
    February 5, 2019 at 8:46 a.m.

    This creates more problems than it helps. All the surrounding states would have to do the same. If not then there would be an hour difference between all states. When are we going to start electing legislators with a brain? This should be a Federal issue so that the whole nation would change at the same time.

  • Knuckleball1
    February 5, 2019 at 8:55 a.m.

    Either the whole Nation needs to do it or leave it alone.

    Again worry about the Roads, Bridges, Schools and Teacher Pay, then Thieves and Crooks you can worry about these bills that are nonsense.

    February 5, 2019 at 8:59 a.m.

    This bill was introduced specifically because legislators from other states were calling our reps asking if we were doing anything this session and see if we wanted to coordinate.

  • chuckstuart
    February 5, 2019 at 9:23 a.m.

    I don't think I've ever talked to anyone who wants less evening daylight. Seems like a pretty stupid idea.

  • Foghorn
    February 5, 2019 at 9:37 a.m.

    Fantastic idea! Long overdue.

  • GeneralMac
    February 5, 2019 at 9:38 a.m.

    DST used to start later in the spring and end earlier in the fall.

    THAT is what I would favor.

  • SWAL
    February 5, 2019 at 11:05 a.m.

    Does anybody really know what time it is..?