Texas Lawmakers Debating Ditching Daylight Savings Time

Texas lawmakers are considering whether to do away with daylight savings time (DST).

House Bill 150 proposes to exempt Texas from the Uniform Time Act of 1966. The exemption would not be unprecedented as Arizona and Hawaii do not use daylight savings time. The Bill, sponsored by four Republicans and one Democrat, has bipartisan support and critics.

As of this writing, the Bill has 725 comments on Legiscan and is scheduled for public hearing in the House's Government Transparency and Operation Committee today at 2:00 p.m. (see the Committee's full schedule for today).

The Washington Post and Houston Chronicle have attempted to debunk many of the common myths about daylight savings time such as that it conserves energy, the health benefits, and that daylight savings time was an effort to aid farmers years ago.

You can watch the live broadcast of the public hearing on the House of Representatives' broadcast website.