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Daylight Saving Could Become Permanent in Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A bill pending in the Tennessee legislature would have the state adopt a uniform time system.


The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville, would take effect in July if passed, and so would make daylight savings time permanent in Tennessee. The state currently moves clocks forward an hour each spring and back an hour each fall.


Todd told the Knoxville News Sentinel that he thinks the bill would have only positive effects.


"It will be great for the farmers. It will be great for the school kids," Todd said. "I've talked to many businesses and folks across the state about this and I've not got one negative comment about this bill."


Although a couple of lawmakers expressed reservations about the change last week, the bill passed out of subcommittee with only two no votes.


Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville, voted against it after expressing concerns that having a time difference with neighboring states could lead to a negative impact on commerce. Rep. Johnny Shaw, D-Bolivar, said he wanted more time to review impacts of the potential change.


It is scheduled for a vote this week in the House State Government Committee.



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