Texas House resolution would allow Texans to vote on Daylight Sa

Texas House resolution would allow Texans to vote on Daylight Saving Time

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The Texas house has passed a resolution that would give Texans the option to vote on standardized 'Texas Time'. The two-part plan would get rid of the twice-a-year time change altogether. 

Lubbock ISD Social Studies Coordinator Joni Rodela said for decades lawmakers have been battling over this topic.

"You can see that over the decades there's always been a lot of question about the efficiency of daylight saving time. And that efficiency definitely depends on some urban interest and rural interests as well," she said.

During both World Wars the federal government pushed Daylight Saving Time in an effort to conserve energy. 

"There was actually a big discrepancy between what the urban areas and the rural areas really considered a benefit to that time frame," Rodela said.

She said many believe the time change started because of farmers, but that' s considered a myth.

"It is not the hour on the clock that dictates their work, but it is actually the sun rise that dictates their work," she said.

Farmer Doug Hlavathy said he would prefer having one standardized time and doesn't buy into the myth. 

"I think it's for the urban folks you know so they can get home at five and they have three or four hours to work in the yard or whatever," he said. "I think it's more for the urban people than a farmer. No, a farmer would just say it doesn't really matter because it's sun up to sun down most of the time in the summertime."

If approved by the Senate the constitutional amendment would go on the November ballot. 

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