Senate passes bill calling for study on ending Daylight Saving Time in SC

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday (FOX Carolina/ Canva)

An Upstate lawmaker’s proposal for the state to consider dropping Daylight Saving Time passed the SC Senate and now heads to the House.

The bill, which was co-authored by Sen. Harvey Peeler of Cherokee County, calls for the state to “conduct a study concerning the feasibility and the economic and other consequences of the State of South Carolina exempting itself from the provisions of Daylight Saving Time as permitted by federal law.”

The bill states that Daylight Saving Time “has both advantages and disadvantages, including advantages such as longer daylight hours for work-related, recreational and leisure activities, and disadvantages such as school safety concerns for children going to school during periods of darkness and other problems for those engaged in farm-related activities.”

Click here to read the full bill.

The bill passed on Wednesday and is now headed to the SC House, where Rep. Alan Clemmons pre-filed another bill last December calling for a referendum on the November 2018 election asking voters whether the state should end Daylight Saving Time.

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 11.

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