Could South Carolina See an End to Daylight Saving Time?

November 30, 2017, 9:56 am EST | Share:

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (EDDIE KADHIM, WPDE-TV) — Daylight saving time – most people dread losing an hour but welcome turning the clock back.

“I’ve heard it enough. I’ve heard it for 15 years while I’ve been in the legislature,” said State Representative Alan Clemmons. “Finally the straw that broke the camel’s back was my own mother called me up right after the most recent change and said, ‘Alan, you should do something.'”

So, following the advice of mom and the people, representative Clemmons pre-filed a legislative proposal that would add the question to ballots next election day.

Daylight saving time is a standard practice for most other states, but not all.

Hawaii and Arizona don’t move their clocks at all during the year.

“It always engenders great discussion but the bills rarely go anywhere,” said Clemmons. “So, I’ve decided to take a different tact let’s see what South Carolinians say, those that are truly impacted by the change of time and then let’s trust our elected officials to hear the voice of the people.”

Daylight saving time became a federal mandate in the late 70s to save energy because of gas shortages.

“The oil embargo is long behind us, ever since then we are still springing forward and falling back, interrupting our sleep patterns and dealing with the twice-a-year change in time.”

The big issue many people have is different times in South Carolina and North Carolina. It’s an issue that Clemmons says already pops up in many nearby states.

“You look at Tennessee, it’s divided into two times zones, it’s a go-to state for business these days. Florida likewise divided into two time zones. It’s just a matter of growing accustomed.”

There is no word is this will actually appear on the ballot. If lawmakers do get the go-ahead, you could vote on the idea as early as next November.