Michigan lawmakers want to keep clocks the same all year round


Sunday's beautiful weather -- along with having more light in the morning -- was certainly welcome for some folks. But some Michigan state lawmakers are trying to push for Michigan residents to keep their clocks the same throughout the year and not observe daylight saving time.

Time change has been the topic of conversation around Michiana for years, especially with Indiana just switching to daylight saving time less than 10 years ago. But would it be better if Michigan stayed on one time throughout the year?

It's the sound everyone dreads. Waking up to an alarm clock when you would rather stay in bed. But with the beginning of daylight saving time, no doubt many felt well rested after that extra hour of sleep.

But what if you never had to reset your clocks twice a year?

Two Michigan state lawmakers -- representatives Jeff Irwin and Peter Lucido -- introduced a new bill back in March that would keep the state of Michigan from participating in daylight saving time.

And some Michigan residents would agree.

"I think back in the mid 70s when that law was passed," said Jim Rabbers. "I think it was passed with the intentions of gas consumption -- energy conservation. I should say and I think we've outgrown that. I don't think we at that desperate state that we were before."

Jim and Mary Rabbers of St. Joseph would be excited if the bill passed for the state. Mary says she sees first hand how the time change impacts her students.

"It really throws your clock off," said Mary Rabbers. "Your body clock is off. It takes a good week just to adjust time. You see that in the kids too. I teach and you just see them kind of lethargic."

While some believe staying on the same time year round would be great, others like Bryan Roush want Michigan to remain with daylight saving time.

"It's kind of a nice variety," said Bryan Roush. "The summers are nice because you get the long evenings and after work you get a lot more daylight time. Winter time is dark and cold."

Even though Bryan isn't excited about the dark days of winter, it makes him appreciate the summer months even more.

"Darn winter is back. And look forward to the summer. You lose an hour of sleep but you gain an hour of play," said Roush.

One of the Michigan lawmakers sponsoring the bill to ditch daylight saving time says accidents on the road and in the workplace increase when we "spring forward" with the clocks in March.

Michigan isn't the only state giving daylight saving time a second look. At least 10 other states have been debating it this year as well.

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