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Missouri legislation involves elimination of daylight savings

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Missouri legislation heard in committee today involves the elimination of daylight savings.

The proposed constitutional amendment would allow voters to decide whether they would like one consistent time year-round.

For some, changing the time during daylight savings is confusing and tiring.

"When we lose sleep, it's always a negative," said Tisha Quattlebum, Joplin resident.

Others say the change does not bother them.

"It doesn't really affect my schedule too much," said Jostis Dyer, Webb City resident. "I like it."

Missouri legislation currently in committee would give voters the chance to choose consistent time year-round, which supporters say would bring many health benefits.

"The switching has been medically proven to be very difficult on the very old, the very young, and frankly very difficult, from what I have seen, on the general population," said state representative Mike Kelley, District 127.

Should daylight savings be eliminated, Kelley says many businesses would benefit.

"This would actually be putting us in compliance with what a large portion of the world already does," Kelley said. "Most of the countries around the world just stick with one standard time, similar to what Arizona does, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands."

Under the legislation, the final daylights savings time change would occur in March 2017.

Kelley says current polls show many are in favor of the measure.

However, some would like to see the focus elsewhere.

"I wish they would do a lot more good things with the time that they have instead of worrying about something so trivial as daylight savings," said Paul Zuraw, Joplin resident.

Lawmakers argue their time is spent wisely.

"For those that are wondering why is the legislature working on this?  We're working on hundreds of topics dealing with every range of government that you can imagine, so fortunately, for the Missouri public, we don't work by the hour," Kelley said. "We make sure we take care of all the issues that get brought up."

If the measure receives enough votes, it is expected to be voted out of committee by next week.
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