MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A Montgomery lawmaker isn't saying he wants time to stand still, just to quit springing and falling.
Rep. Greg Wren, R-Montgomery, has proposed a bill that would keep Alabama on Central Daylight Time indefinitely instead of changing the clock every March and November.
"People are tired of springing forward and falling back," Wren said. "A lot of it is simply the fact that it's an archaic standard."
Wren said he thinks Alabama would be a trendsetter in the region if such a bill were passed, although it would put Alabama an hour ahead of other states observing Central Standard Time for about four months every winter. During those months, the time in Alabama would be the same as states in Eastern Standard Time zones.
Daylight saving time has been in use throughout most of the United States since World War I, when it was instituted to save fuel and energy. The only states that don't currently observe daylight saving time are Hawaii and Arizona.
In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson passed the Uniform Time Act of 1966, which said that daylight saving time would start on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. But states then were, and still are, able to opt out by passing a local law.
The federal law about when daylight saving time is observed has changed several times since then. The most recent change, in 2007, declared daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. each second Sunday in March and ends at 2 a.m. the first Sunday in November.
"I can't find a single reason why we still do it," Wren said.
He said during the winter months, when it gets dark at about 4:30 p.m., children are riding school buses home in the dark. He said it doesn't make sense for agriculture or energy savings anymore.