GLASGOW — Though legislation has been pre-filed in Frankfort requesting Kentucky be placed on permanent Daylight Saving Time, action is required at the federal level before states can vote on the issue.
As a means to encourage Congress to allow states to decide on such a change, 26 Kentucky legislators signed a letter addressed to some of the state's U.S. House representatives asking for federal action.
“Ever since we pre-filed our legislation on the state level back in July, we have seen an enormous response from Kentuckians in support of making Daylight Saving Time permanent,” said State Rep. Bart Rowland, R-Tompkinsville, in a news release.
Rowland and State Rep. Brandon Reed, R-Hodgenville, are the primary sponsors of the state measure which has 25 cosponsors.
“In addition to strong constituent support, elected officials in Frankfort from both parties, both time zones, and all corners of the state have joined our effort by cosponsoring BR 181. We are now asking Kentucky’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives to speak up in support of H.R. 1601, so that we can make this positive change for our citizens," Rowland said.
The letter is addressed to representatives Brett Guthrie, John Yarmuth, Thomas Massie, Hal Rogers and Andy Barr. U.S. Rep. James Comer is already one of the 13 co-sponsors of House Resolution 1601, which would allows states to make Daylight Saving Time permanent. There's not yet a U.S. Senate version of the legislation.
State proponents of the bill tout research they same demonstrates the benefits of permanent Daylight Saving Time including improved public health, traffic safety and economic activity and a decrease in crime.
"We have built a coalition from all parts of the state who are in strong support of this measure, and President Trump endorsed the idea," Reed said in the news release. "As a strong supporter of states' rights, I am proud to join 25 of my colleagues in urging federal government to give Kentucky the ability to act to make Daylight Saving Time permanent."
Lauren Gaydos, communications director for Guthrie, a Bowling Green Republican, said in an email the Congressman believes states should be allowed to decide their time schedule.
"Should the Kentucky state legislature pass BR 181, Congressman Guthrie would work with his colleagues in the House to ensure that Kentucky is able to stay on permanent Daylight Saving Time," she said.