Let Texas voters pick their preferred time
Some Texans prefer daylight saving time and some Texans prefer standard time, but we are pretty sure most Texans, maybe even all Texans, loathe changing their clocks twice a year.
That’s why we endorse recent House legislation from Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, that would settle the great daylight saving debate once and for all, and give Texans the chance to pick their preferred time.
It would place two questions on the November ballot. The first would ask voters if there should be a referendum on year-round daylight saving time. This is a technical detail to allow a vote to happen.
The second proposition would ask voters if they prefer year-round daylight saving time or year-round standard time.
Either way, it would mean no more slog-inducing, cement-mind-creating clock changing. We would be like Arizona, which does not spring forward and therefore does not fall back.
Our preference would be year-round daylight saving time.
The extended sunshine is an invitation to play and socialize. But there is a problem with this preference. Under federal law, states can opt out of daylight saving time, but they cannot opt into year-round daylight saving time.
Why? No one apparently knows. It’s this way “for reasons that historians say remain murky,” according to the New York Times.
OK. Perhaps the vote should simply be whether Texans would prefer year-round standard time. It, too, has its benefits. Earlier sunrises. Shorter blazing summer afternoons.
Legislation has been drafted by state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, that would abolish daylight saving time and commit Texas to year-round standard time. This, too, would go to the people for a vote.
We’ve had our differences with Bettencourt — think revenue caps for cities and counties — but the annoying absurdity of changing the clocks twice a year can be a great unifier.