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February 26, 2014

Sinnette pushes to end daylight saving in Kentucky

FRANKFORT — With the approval of a new bill, daylight saving time could become a thing of the past for those living and working in Kentucky.

Rep. Kevin Sinnette, D-Ashland, introduced House Bill 431 to a state government legislative committee Friday that would keep Kentuckians from resetting clocks in March for daylight time.

He said the time change causes an increase in utility costs of up to $8.6 million nationwide due to air conditioner use during hot evening hours, citing a University of California-Santa Barbara study.

Other beneficiaries Sinnette mentioned include farmers and people with sleeping disorders who struggle with waking up at different times throughout the year.

Sinnette said he is getting about 75 percent approval in feedback from other legislators, with the real debate resting in what time to ultimately set clocks to.

“The general consensus from everyone is to pick a time and stick with it, but they can't decide between them if they would rather have more morning or evening hours of sunlight,” he said.

He said he believes the idea of setting a standard time is a trend the rest of the country will eventually catch on to.

“There may be confusion going from state to state right now, but there are different time zones people have to adjust to anyway,” he said. “Arizona seems to be dealing with it well right now. I think once more eastern seaboard states do it, the western states will, too.”

Arizona and Hawaii currently observe a standard time. Indiana observed standard time up until 2006, when it went back to observing daylight time.

The bill is still being considered in committee at this time with updates to come.

Daylight saving time will begin March 9 at 2 a.m.

LANA BELLAMY can be reached at lbellamy@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.

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