GA & SC bills call to end switching the clock back and forth for daylight saving time

Friday, March 15, 2019
News 12 at 6 o'clock/NBC at 7

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A lot of us are still struggling after the time change. South Carolina and Georgia lawmakers are trying to make it so they don't have to do it anymore.

If this were to happen, the two sides of the river could be on two different clocks, depending on what legislatures decide

We've all heard the age-old saying 'spring ahead' and 'fall behind' when we change our clocks twice a year. Two bills in the South Carolina State House and one in Georgia want that to be a thing of the past.

"Just another change we made the adjustment I think? Yeah," said Sarah and Joe Onessimo, who live in the Florence area.

Whether it's the darker mornings or brighter evenings, daylight saving time is here and many are rejoicing.

"It’s taken some time but I'm getting there. We're both retired. We don't have a schedule. So it's really not worth complaining about that much. So we just enjoy our time whenever it starts," said Sarah and Joe.

But what if the daylight lasted year round? That's what South Carolina and Georgia lawmakers are suggesting, filing three bills: two in the house and one in the Senate.

All three would make daylight saving time standard time in Georgia and South Carolina.
They just need the go-ahead from the federal government first.

"Personally I think it's a great idea. It gives a lot more time out in the sun to spend with family and friends. We've got about half a dozen or more states that do that now and it would probably be good to be consistent,” said Michael Hammond, who lives in South Carolina.

Two bills ask for approval from Congress where the third wants to petition the secretary of transportation.

But no matter where they get the green light, Georgians and South Carolinians say they just want to soak up the sunlight.

There could also be confusion here on the border if one state moves forward with the idea, and the other doesn't. This could cause a mess for scheduling, setting up events, and for newscasts, too.