FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 7, 2017
Contact: Senator Harvey Peeler
STATE SENATE TO REVIEW DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME IN NEW PROPOSAL
Bill Seeks Study and Input for Opting Out of the Federal Program
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Included in a resolution released today, South Carolina could exempt itself from observing daylight saving time. Senator Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney, sponsored the resolution to direct the Senate Committee on Interstate Cooperation to conduct a study of the potential impact of not recognizing daylight saving time.
If approved, the committee would work with other southeastern states to review the possible impacts resulting from South Carolina choosing to opt out of the federal daylight saving time program.
Senator Harvey Peeler said, “Every year we are told to ‘spring forward’ and most of us don’t even know why. From my observations, this abrupt change in time causes a loss of sleep and productivity. There are potential safety concerns on highways due to longer darkness in the morning hours. I want the committee to look into the real and modern day consequences of South Carolina opting out of this antiquated federal program.”
Elected to the South Carolina Senate in 1981, Senator Harvey Peeler represents Cherokee County and portions of Spartanburg, Union and York counties. In addition to serving as the chairman of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee, he serves on the Education, Ethics, Finance, Interstate Cooperation, and Transportation committees.