Mo. House votes to end DST clock-changing if other states do

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House of Representatives decided Monday that if 19 other states decide to keep their time permanently in Daylight Saving Time, then Missourians will too.

The House gave its approval to House Bill 340, which would establish “Daylight Saving as the new Standard Time Pact consisting of this state [Missouri] and any other states desiring to abstain from conservation of daylight saving time.”

The Daylight Saving Time bill says that once 20 states join a pact to move the clocks ahead permanently, all would do so. Then, in the fall, states would not move back their clocks.

The bill was read three times and passed 104-52. It was forwarded to the Missouri Senate for review. Lawmakers have until May 17 to pass it before they adjourn the legislative session.

State Representative Delus Johnson from St. Joseph authored the bill.

“One of the most cited reasons for daylight saving time is energy efficiency, however the National Bureau of Standards has stated that daylight saving time has no impact on energy savings,” the bill said.

Daylight Saving Time was first applied during World War I in the United States to save energy for war production. During World War II, states chose whether or not to observe it. Then, in 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act which set the length of Daylight Saving Time.

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