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Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Mar 08, 2019 in General Interest

Spring Forward, South Carolina

In the early hours of Sunday, March 10th, 2019, South Carolina will join most of the country in observing Daylight Savings Time (DST) by moving the clocks forward one hour.  And there will be countless jokes about grumpy children and sleepy employees for the next week or so.  But do we really need to continue to observe Daylight Savings Time?  Several lawmakers in the state have proposed eliminating DST or, in the alternative, remaining on DST year-round. 

Proponents in favor of DST year-round point to sunlight later in the evening, when most people have the opportunity to be outside. Year-round DST would not impact energy use.  To critics that say it will be dark when children are going to school, proponents counter that it is already dark in the winter when kids are going to school.

Even if a bill passes in SC, the state will need to seek a waiver from the federal government as it is against federal law to change time.

So what do you think? DST, still useful or outdated?

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