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Wis. Lawmakers Now Want Year-Round Daylight Saving Time

Two Wisconsin legislators have dropped a bill to get rid of daylight saving time. Instead, they want to make it permanent year-round. Two Wisconsin legislators have dropped a bill to get rid of daylight saving time. Instead, they want to make it permanent year-round. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

February 17, 2017 10:03 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Two Republican lawmakers have scrapped a bill to end daylight saving time in Wisconsin amid a backlash on social media and now want to make the sunshine-extending time change permanent year-round in the state.

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Reps. Samantha Kerkman and Michael Schraa introduced a bill last week that would have eliminated daylight saving time in Wisconsin. The change would mean the summer sun would set an hour earlier.

Schraa said Friday the news release went out prematurely and sparked a backlash on Facebook from people who didn't want their summer evenings shortened. He said he and Kerkman are now working on a bill that would make daylight saving time permanent, which would mean the winter sun would set an hour later.

The state would need a federal waiver to make that change.

If daylight saving time were year-round in Wisconsin, it would mean the state would have the same local time as the east coast during the winter.  Superior would be one hour ahead of Duluth from early November to early March.


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