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Proposal would keep daylight saving time year-round in TN

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Those who are still trying to catch up from the lost hour of sleep from the recent time change may be happy to know Tennessee lawmakers are considering leaving our clocks an hour ahead of Mother Nature.

But there is more than sleep and extra daylight at stake.

State Rep. Curry Todd, R-Collierville, has proposed a bill that would keep daylight saving time year-round.

The question comes down to would Tennesseans rather have more daylight in the morning or more daylight in the evening.

"It will help kids in extra-curricular activities, and they will have a little more daylight when they get home, especially in the winter. I think it will be an economic booster," Todd said.

But State Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville, disagrees. He voted against this bill.

"To businessmen who work in the stock market, it is just very confusing," Haynes said.

Haynes points out that by not springing forward and falling back on the clock, Tennessee would instead be changing time zones a couple times each year.

"As the rest of the country falls back, the people in the Eastern Time Zone in Tennessee would literally be an hour ahead, and we'd be a standalone island out there," Haynes said.

Arizona, Hawaii and Indiana keep their clocks set at the same time year-round, but they're not an hour ahead like this proposal.

Still, an informal poll on Haynes' Facebook page shows about 70 percent of Tennesseans are in favor of the proposed permanent daylight saving time.

This bill made it out of subcommittee in the Tennessee House, but don't expect it to pass. Time is running out in the current legislative session, and the Senate companion bill hasn't moved at all.

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