State Rep. Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) introduced legislation that establishes Daylight Saving Time as the standard time in Tennessee.
House Bill 1881 would end the semi-annual switch between Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time in communities across our state. The initiative was created based on responses from residents of District 92 to a recent survey conducted by Rep. Tillis about a need for the time change.
Daylight Saving Time was originally adopted in the United States as a method of saving energy back in the 1900s. More daylight means less need for artificial light (electricity) — especially during the evening hours. Additionally, Daylight Saving Time was considered to have an economic benefit because citizens across the country would spend more time away from their homes and out supporting their local economies.
“I believe a switch to year-round Daylight Saving Time will have a remarkable impact on our state,” said Representative Tillis. “The extra hour of daylight should enhance the health and overall quality of life of our residents by encouraging them to become more active, and also spend extra time supporting our local businesses.”
If the measure advances and is signed into law, Tennessee would remain on Daylight Saving Time throughout the year. Hawaii and Arizona are also currently on a standard year-round time.
Tillis is a member of the House Business & Utilities Committee, as well as the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittee. Tillis lives in Lewisburg and represents House District 92, which includes Marshall County, as well as parts of Franklin, Lincoln and Marion Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Rick.Tillis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-4170.