Senate approves bill to adopt permanent Daylight Saving Time

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 20:28

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Bill 1200 received approval from the full Senate Monday and provides that Oklahoma remain on Daylight Saving Time year-round should Congress pass legislation allowing states to choose whether or not to take part in the bi-annual time change. The bill’s author, Sen. Blake “Cowboy” Stephens, R-Tahlequah, has long advocated for locking the clock, citing the health and safety benefits of having an extra hour of light in the evenings.

“Following the time change over the weekend, countless Oklahomans are feeling the effects on their sleep, effectiveness at work, mental health, and in various other aspects of their life,” Stephens said. “I am appreciative of my colleagues who voted in favor of this measure, and echoed the voices of our state’s citizens who advocate for locking our state’s clock in DST, and doing away with the antiquated practice of resetting our clocks twice a year.”

SB 1200 now heads to the House of Representatives for further consideration. Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, serves as the House principal author of the measure.

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