The bill that would change how Tennessee recognizes daylight saving time will be receive a vote on February 25, after an amendment was added to the bill that would recognize daylight saving all year round.
Previously, the bill stated that daylight saving time would be removed altogether. Rep. Curry Todd said due to an error in filing, an amendment was added last week, stating the bill would now recognize Tennessee with daylight saving time between November through March.
Todd stressed this would not affect the Eastern and Central time zones that we currently recognize.
This means for four months, while other Eastern time zones outside the state, like Atlanta and Cleveland would be on standard time. Towns in Tennessee that are Eastern standard time, like Knoxville, Pigeon Forge, and Chattanooga, would still be on daylight saving time. The same goes for towns in Central time, like Nashville and Memphis.
The bill is scheduled to go before a House committee at 9 a.m. on February 25.
(WBIR-Loudon) There's no such thing as too much daylight for Loudon County cattle farmer Jim Rhyne.
"I leave the house at 6:30 in the morning. I get home at 5:45, Monday through Friday -- and when I get home, I run 50 mama cows," he said Monday.
More daylight means more time on the farm.
"In the summertime, the loss of that hour means I either have to cut back something or I have to make that hour up somewhere," he added.
However that could theoretically change if a measure from Collierville Representative Curry Todd would pass. It calls for Tennessee to no longer recognize daylight saving time.
Rep. Todd said having daylight start earlier would be good for school children who wait for the bus in the morning, or for certain businesses.
"Interestingly enough, I had many constituents contact me in support of it. I also had many contact me oppose to it. So it's a real issue that's out there," said Knoxville Rep. Ryan Haynes. He serves on a subcommittee that voted on the house bill. It passed 4-2 and will go to a full 14-person committee in the future.
Haynes said there are several issues with the measure, and asked for the bill to be tabled for a year.
"The impact that it would have on commerce and the confusion it would create if you were traveling through Tennessee," said Rep. Haynes. "Eastern time zone, Central time zone -- financial markets would be an hour ahead of us."
Cities like Atlanta and Cleveland, which are close to Knoxville in longitude, would still recognize DST.
"That's why you're seeing a 50-50 breakdown-- 50-percent for it, 50-percent against it," Haynes added.
One of those against it is Jim Rhyne.
"Activity whether it's sports or farming, it's scheduled where time is managed and that's around daylight saving time," he said.
A Senate companion bill, sponsored by Tullahoma Senator Janice Bowling, has not advanced in the legislature at this time.