Seasonal time changes could be a thing of the past

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Florida lawmakers are making another push in Congress to make Daylight Saving Time year-round across the country, and several people here in Rapid City would be right on board.

Most states set their clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, but Daylight Saving Ttime could be a thing of the past.

Florida lawmakers introduced legislation that would make daylight saving time permanent not only in Florida, but throughout the country.

Andrew Neal of Rapid City says, "Actually I do like the idea of keeping daylight savings time year-round. That makes it so I don't lose an hour of sleep once a year. I don't gain an hour of sleep once a year either, but at least it stays uniform all year-round and I like that idea."

Senator Marco Rubio's Sunshine Protection Act would repeal the temporary eight-month period of daylight saving time.

Studies say the weeks following D-S-T are bad for health and productivity.

Some just want the time to stay the same all together.

Caitlyn Thompson, Rapid City visitor, says, "I hate the time change. It throws off my sleep schedule, my work schedule. I'm a teacher at a university and it throws my students off and assignments and things like that. It just seems like it creates a lot of confusion. I get off and then I can't sleep right. It just throws me off for several months."

Representative Taffy Howard of Pennington County was the sponsor of a similar daylight saving bill in South Dakota last year.

Rep. Taffy Howard, District 33, says, "Daylight savings time has been controversial from the very beginning. I mean going back to the early 1900s when we first started implementing it off and on, we would have it. Then we wouldn't have it so it's always been controversial. I would be in favor of supporting just having one time the whole year long."

Hawaii and Arizona are the only states that skip the biannual clock change.