COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Missouri lawmakers could consider making daylight saving time permanent during the 100th general assembly.
A bill to establish daylight saving as a standard time pact was pre-filed in Missouri by state Rep. Tim Remole (R) in December.
The bill could go into effect as early as August 2020. However, 20 states must have adopted similar legislation for the law to go into effect.
The U.S. Department of Transportation states, " Under the Uniform Time Act, as amended, states may exempt themselves from observing Daylight Saving Time by State law. If a State chooses to observe Daylight Saving Time, it must begin and end on federally mandated dates."
The U.S. Department of Transportation also said the purpose of daylight saving time is to help save energy, save lives and prevent traffic injuries and reduces crime.
Other states, including Illinois and Kansas, are considering similar bills that would get rid of daylight saving time.