Bill allows Daylight Saving Time all year in North Carolina

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RALEIGH, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Some North Carolina lawmakers want to "spring forward" for good by making Daylight Saving Time permanent in the state.

A state House committee voted on Wednesday for legislation that would avoid the twice-annual time shift and have later sunsets for good -- but only if Congress passes a federal law allowing states to observe daylight saving year-round.

The idea has gained popularity in other states.

Across the border in South Carolina, a similar bill has already passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. The proposed legislation would keep South Carolinians in Daylight Saving Time all year if the federal government allows it.

A group of Florida lawmakers in Washington are attempting to end the twice-a-year time change for everyone. As the basis for the bill, the lawmakers cited research that showed ending daylight savings tme would reduce car crashes, robberies, and health issues, while benefitting the economy and agriculture.

President Donald Trump also likes the idea of permanent daylight saving nationwide. 

North Carolina bill sponsor Rep. Jason Saine of Lincolnton cited studies in suggesting a permanent shift could result in fewer health-related and transportation deaths and decrease energy consumption in the winter. But it also would mean children wait in the dark more for morning school buses.

The measure now goes to another House panel.

This story was reported on from Charlotte, N.C. The Associated Press contributed to this report.