Sen. Tommy Tuberville shared stories of Alabama residents wanting to scrap DST during a floor speech on Monday, underscoring his support for a Senate bill to end the tradition year to leap forward and back.
Tuberville noted that daylight saving time was created as a temporary measure during World War I and was initially known as “wartime” to help save fuel and resources.
“The changes to our clocks may have made sense at first, but they certainly don’t now,” he told the Senate on Monday. “Turn the clocks back every year is a nuisance and not a smart policy.”
Tuberville read a letter from a Talladega County constituent who wrote, “Daylight saving time year-round means seniors like me will be able to be more active in the early evening.
A Mobile resident, the senator said, urged him to “try to do whatever it takes to make DST permanent in Alabama. Everyone I know and talk to wants it. Who wouldn’t want more daylight in the evening?
A third constituent — a mental health professional — wrote Tuberville that daylight savings increased depression and decreased productivity in half of his psychiatric patients.
Tuberville said he agreed.
“It’s no wonder that cases of SAD – or Seasonal Affective Disorder – are much more common in the winter months than they are in the spring,” he said.
Jumping forward and back costs the country $430 million a year in lost productivity, according to Tuberville.
He noted that Alabama and 17 other states have passed laws or resolutions to “reverse this outdated practice” if the federal government abolishes daylight saving time.
“Let’s give Americans something to celebrate: longer days and more sunshine,” he said.
Tuberville is a co-sponsor of the Sunshine Protection Act which would make daylight saving time permanent.