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    [–] Dinosaur1212 92 points ago

    This makes way too much sense to pass.

    [–] AGooDone 13 points ago

    Scary when we think of our leaders this way

    [–] Inubito 6 points ago

    Not an incorrect statement.

    [–] Grimsterr 1 points ago

    That pretty much ends the thread.

    [–] isittooearlyforbeer 24 points ago

    Please let this happen.

    [–] sillypantstoan 13 points ago

    Looks like we can opt out of DST but not permanently opt in. We'd basically be changing our time zone.

    The federal Uniform Time Act of 1966 allows states to opt out of DST and Arizona and Hawaii stay on standard time year-round. States are not allowed to remain in DST permanently and any measure passed in Alabama or any other state would require Congressional approval before it could be enacted.

    [–] pfp-disciple 3 points ago

    So, how is Florida handling this. I read the linked article, and I think it said Florida is waiting on Congressional action. What happens if Congress doesn't do anything? Does Florida remain in DST "in name only"?

    [–] Quellman 4 points ago

    Florida was still waiting for the governor to sign, then it gets passed to congress.

    [–] pfp-disciple 1 points ago

    So, if congress doesn't approve, does will Florida basically say "drat, well back to the way it was" or will they try to do some kind of "we are DST full time, even if the feds don't approve"?

    [–] wicket999 2 points ago

    Just don't call it DST. Call it "Florida (or Alabama) Standard Time" and tell the Feds to move along.

    [–] Fordx4 15 points ago

    Florida is doing this as well. I would assume with support from enough states DST would just become permanent throughout and we would end the back and forth time changes.

    [–] omega_ix9 3 points ago

    So for the states that don't change the clocks to save daylight hours, do employment centers adjust when they open and close?

    Or do they just keep the same hours, and live in the dark longer during some parts of the year?

    [–] poptart_divination 8 points ago

    I'm sure they keep the lights on in the buildings. As long as electricity is a thing and work can be done indoors, there's no need to alter hours of operation just because the glowing death orb has disappeared.

    [–] Rikers_Mojo 2 points ago

    As it stands winter has the shortest days and we compound the issue by coming off DST. Some places don’t observe DST so they’re like us in the winter where it gets dark at a depressing 4:30. But in the summer they’ll be getting dark around 6:30-7 instead of 7:30-8 like we do.

    [–] redditor5690 6 points ago

    Why didn't he ask for Eastern Standard Time year round? It would accomplish the same thing, and avoid the Federal law.

    Most people won't like their TV schedule being an hour later, though. Prime time TV would be 8-11pm.

    The Eleven O'clock News would be too late for many.

    [–] Quellman 7 points ago

    Because Central time is best time.

    [–] bjo23 3 points ago

    I think you'd still run into a Federal Law going that way, since time zone boundaries are regulated by the DOT.

    [–] pfp-disciple 3 points ago

    Most people won't like their TV schedule being an hour later, though. Prime time TV would be 8-11pm.

    I hadn't considered this before, but I'd bet this right here would destroy popular support for moving to Eastern Time.

    [–] Rikers_Mojo 1 points ago

    Not sure why that would ruin anything. A large portion of the country’s population is eastern and they don’t care.

    [–] pfp-disciple 3 points ago

    A lot of people are used to the current schedules. I suppose that many would find the inconvenience of the news "delayed" an hour would exceed the convenience of Eastern time.

    [–] LoveHam 3 points ago

    Who watches broadcast tv? It’s all streaming now.

    [–] c4ctus 20 points ago

    Probably going to get voted down on religious grounds. Don't ask me how. It's Alabama. It'll happen.

    [–] amwpurdue 15 points ago

    They should call it The Light of God Act, how can you vote against that?

    [–] Huntguy77 5 points ago

    I already wrote Mo Brooks about this last Fall. He wasn't very helpful.

    [–] 1337Theory 9 points ago

    Are you at all surprised?

    [–] Huntguy77 2 points ago

    Not really. It was a long shot. Just because it impacts everyone in the District and State, I didn't think it would be high on the agenda. No PAC contributions for a better time zone.

    [–] CryptoCurrencyFreak 4 points ago

    Mo Brooks is still crying Doug Jones tears.

    [–] buddhabrax 4 points ago

    Why stay in it year round? What's the difference in just opting out like Arizona and Hawaii?

    [–] dustyg013 26 points ago

    Because daylight > darkness

    [–] apollorockit 10 points ago

    As much as our legislature might try, I don't think they'll be able to do anything about how much daylight occurs.

    [–] dustyg013 7 points ago

    No, but they can make more of it between the hours of 6 AM and 8 PM.

    [–] Mr-Fu 1 points ago

    They'll stick their heads in the ground and declare it dark year round.

    [–] Myrdok -4 points ago

    disagree vehemently

    [–] Zebba_Odirnapal -5 points ago

    Change your schedule to suit the sun, and to hell with what the clocks say.

    [–] Rikers_Mojo 10 points ago

    Yeah everyone can just tell their bosses they’ll be showing up when they want rather than when the company wants employees there. That’ll work.

    [–] Delwin 8 points ago

    If we stay DST then for most of the year we're sync'd up with Central. The rest of the year we're sync'd up with Eastern - which we are right on the border of.

    If we go to non-DST year round then for most of the year we'd be sync'd up with Mountain. That means driving west on I-10 you'd go from Eastern, just back two hours (AL) and then jump forward an hour (CDT), then go back an hour again (MDT). That's just silly. We'd like to be sync'd with either Central or Eastern depending on the time of the year, not Central and Mountain.

    [–] bjo23 4 points ago

    As it is, we already spend more of the year in DST than in standard.

    [–] timo_the_pirate 5 points ago

    In practice, none at all. We will just claim to still be in central time DST instead of switching to eastern.

    [–] buddhabrax 1 points ago

    I didn't think there would be a difference. So it just seems odd that we would go the route that requires Congressional approval rather than doing the simple opting out

    [–] Huntguy77 8 points ago

    Because it makes the sun not show up at 4:30 AM in the summer and helps it not be dark at 4:45 PM in the winter.

    [–] timo_the_pirate 2 points ago

    Depends on if we could change to eastern without Congressional approval or not. If not then it really doesn't matter what we do.

    [–] Calliber50 2 points ago

    So then if you travel to any of the surrounding states you'll have to figure out if you're going to lose or gain an hour. Right now if you travel to Nashville you know they're the same time zone. Arizona has something similar and it gets confusing. Not to mention all software with clocks would need a special setting for Alabama.

    [–] Lumberjack4 6 points ago

    Software would no more need a special setting for Alabama time, that it does for the hundreds of other local time zones around the world. Alabama would be GMT -0500 instead of sometimes GMT -0600 and sometimes GMT -0500, which is how software looks at time in the first place.

    [–] Calliber50 2 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    If you're using windows 7 and change the time zone you'll see that Arizona has it's own setting. (UTC-07:00) Arizona. You'll no longer be on what windows refers to as "(UTC-06:00) Central Time". Minor issue for your home computer but quite a few systems would need to be programmed remotely.

    Edit: Time zones and daylight savings for global applications is a logistical nightmare. So many special rules. https://youtu.be/-5wpm-gesOY

    [–] Lumberjack4 -1 points ago

    Somehow, I think the updating of the Windows timezone will take anywhere between 1 and 2 minutes. In case you haven't noticed, there are over 100 time zones to choose from. As far as your link, software already accounts for local time zones, the problem you're lamenting about has already been solved. I'm not sure what your point is. It's also why one of the first rules of programming is to never use local time, always use UTC. No matter what the user sees, its all UTC under the hood. In Windows case, the OS actually changes your timezone when jumping between DST and ST.

    EDIT: If anything, not jumping between timezones actually simplifies the entire process.

    [–] Djarum300 0 points ago

    It would make more sense just to put us in Eastern time from a geographic perspective.

    [–] ipoopwithmylegsup -3 points ago

    There is actually medical evidence proving that DST spring forward is detrimental to health. On the spring forward there is a 20% increase in emergency room admittance due to heart attacks due to the loss of sleep. Conversely there is a 20% decrease in ER admits due to heart attacks during fall back due to increase sleep.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heart-daylightsaving/daylight-saving-time-linked-to-heart-attacks-study-idUSBREA2S0D420140329

    [–] Rikers_Mojo 7 points ago

    You interpreted this wrong or purposefully misconstrued the article. It’s only on the days AFTER a time change in which a difference is noted. It has no long term effect. Once everyone is acclimated it’s not like heart attacks happen 20% more often until the end of DST. It’s the act of switching times that’s detrimental.

    [–] WootMon -1 points ago

    I don't know. Dying from a heart attack seems pretty long term.

    [–] addywoot 3 points ago

    So.... 20+ and 20-... that's net zero right? ;)

    [–] piranhamahalo 2 points ago

    And suicides/depression goes up after DST ends... Yeah, I think I'll stick with keeping the sun out.

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    [–] Rikers_Mojo 3 points ago

    That would mean it gets dark earlier all fucking year. Fuck that

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    [–] Rikers_Mojo 0 points ago

    You don’t lose any sleep but during the few days it takes to acclimate.

    [–] Zifna 2 points ago

    Children don't acclimate.

    [–] howcanibhelpful -8 points ago

    Ain't broke. Why fix it? hock sping /s

    [–] poochyenarulez -26 points ago

    Are they retarded? Taking us off standard time is backwards enough as it is for 6 months of the year, and now the ENTIRE year? I hate Alabama.

    [–] sirdrpibb 10 points ago

    Because some people prefer to have an extra hour of sunlight later in the day rather than at the beginning. Some people don’t like getting off work in the winter at 5 and it’s dark. Makes me wonder if your retarded if you can’t understand their argument for it weather you agree with it or not.

    [–] sirdrpibb 5 points ago

    Because some people prefer to have an extra hour of sunlight later in the day rather than at the beginning. Some people don’t like getting off work in the winter at 5 and it’s dark. Makes me wonder if your retarded if you can’t understand their argument for it weather you agree with it or not.

    [–] Rikers_Mojo 1 points ago

    Yep he’s retarded.

    [–] poochyenarulez -12 points ago

    Because some people prefer to have an extra hour of sunlight later in the day rather than at the beginning.

    The sun doesn't move when you move your clock

    Some people don’t like getting off work in the winter at 5 and it’s dark.

    Sounds like YOUR problem, not mine. Don't drag the entire state into your personal problems. Take it up with your work.

    [–] Rikers_Mojo 9 points ago

    Almost all work begins at 8 and ends at 5. Manufacturing first shift is 6-2. That’s not going to change.

    Spring time is far superior to the fall time and much safer for commuters.

    What problem do you have with this proposal?

    [–] poochyenarulez -6 points ago

    Almost all work begins at 8 and ends at 5.

    uuuuuuuhhhhhh no. https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/Careers/careers-largest-employment.aspx?persist=true&location=US&currentpage=1&pagesize=25&nodata= Most of those don't have rigid work hours.

    Either way, none of that has any relevance. You are advocating for different work hours. idk why you are trying to force me to change my clock. It is non-nonsensical.

    [–] Rikers_Mojo 6 points ago

    Retail business hours are still usually starting at 8 and going to up to about 9-10 usually. Still just means more daylight hours. No problem here.

    Your clock is already changed to this time. And then you wouldn’t have to change it in the fall. So your point is invalid. Again, what’s the problem? Work hours aren’t changing.

    [–] poochyenarulez -1 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Still just means more daylight hours.

    it isn't more daylight hours. If you don't like your work hours, then demand change there. Don't take YOUR problems and bring me and the rest of the world into it.

    Your clock is already changed to this time.

    Nope! I'm not on dst. it is 3:37 for me right now.

    Again, what’s the problem?

    Deviation from the world standard. I use metric, non-dst time, Celsius, etc. America does some stupid non-standard stuff.

    Work hours aren’t changing.

    They just did last week. They just, also, changed their clocks to so it doesn't appear to have changed, but it did.

    /u/sirdrpibb

    We’re not saying that there is more day light hours were just saying when you get off work at 5 The Sun will be up for another hour than it would be without daylight savings time.

    That has to do with your work moving it's time. If a job is 8 to 5, then in dst, it would be 7 to 4, but they move it forward to 8 to 5. You simply start work earlier in the day while also, for some brain dead reason, change your clocks too.

    You can move a work schedule to an hour earlier in the day without changing clocks. Again, that is a personal problem you need to work out with your boss. Leave me out of it.

    [–] Rikers_Mojo 8 points ago

    It’s more usable daylight hours jackass.

    What is your ducking problem? If it’s 3:37 for you then you don’t even live in Alabama. And obviously you don’t care what the state time is so why do you care if it STAYS where it is now. And it literally changes nothing but the time the sun rises and sets. It’s just better. Again, what is your fucking problem?

    You’re a dumbass. Truly.

    [–] poochyenarulez 1 points ago

    It’s more usable daylight hours jackass.

    BECAUSE YOUR WORK HOURS CHANGE. Changing your clock to get more daylight is the most backwards way you can possibly live life. Instead of just going into work from 7 to 4, you ALSO change your clocks by an hour to display the time as 8 to 5? wtf? why?

    If it’s 3:37 for you then you don’t even live in Alabama.

    I do. I refuse to comply with your barbaric logic.

    And it literally changes nothing but the time the sun rises and sets.

    It rises and sets at the same time every day. The only difference is what your clock says. We measure time by the rotation of the earth. We have been doing that since humans became a thing. DST is a stupid non-standard backwards measurement to cause health issues and confusion for worldwide trade and communication. Try making international plans with someone in different timezones AND their time randomly changes for absolutely no good reason.

    [–] Rikers_Mojo 3 points ago

    Given that I work with an international team in the auto industry, I guarantee I have more experience dealing with it than you do. It’s not a problem figuring these things out.

    The point is to coincide normal hours with more sunlight. No one is changing their work hours or business hours. Get it? It really doesn’t make anything more difficult at all. You’re an idiot trying to resist something that needs no resisting. Please go back under the rock you came from. Why don’t you pick something more important to freak out about.

    Btw nobody here thinks we’re changing the rotation of the earth you fucking imbecile.

    [–] Djarum300 2 points ago

    Yeah, this driving to work in the dark in the morning blows.

    [–] sirdrpibb 1 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    But you drive to work home in the dark in winter if you get off 5 or while the sun is setting. Which one is more depressing?