FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT/Gray News) - Daylight saving time currently begins in March and ends in November, but a proposed bill would make DST permanent year-round in Kentucky.
Year-round DST means Kentuckians would see an extra hour of darkness in the morning and an extra hour of daylight in the evening.
The bill, sponsored by Representative Bart Rowland (R-Tompkinsville) and Representative Brandon Reed (R-Hodgenville), would only kick in if Congress passes a federal law allowing states to observe DST year-round.
“Studies show that adding more light at the end of the day improves everything from traffic safety to crime and the use of electricity. I think it’s time for Kentucky to join the conversation on whether or not we’re willing to do away with the antiquated practice of changing clocks,” Rep. Rowland said.
If the bill is passed during the 2020 General Assembly, Kentucky would join more than a dozen other states that have passed similar laws.
Florida was the first state in the nation to vote to make DST permanent in 2018, and Tennessee also recently enacted a bill to do so
U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Rick Scott (R-Florida) have introduced legislation in Congress to make DST permanent across the country. According to a news release from the Kentucky House Majority Caucus, President Donald Trump has also endorsed the idea.
“With support from President Trump, red and blue states across America and many of my constituents, the time has come to make Daylight Saving Time permanent,” said Rep. Rowland. “My constituents overwhelmingly support this proposal, and passing it will show the federal government exactly where Kentuckians stand on this issue.”