Get ready to spring those clocks forward. Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday March 13, at 2 a.m. The time change -dreaded by many – was the subject of two opposing bills during this year’s legislative session.
The South Dakota Senate’s Commerce and Energy Committee voted 5-2 to send a measure to the Senate floor (SB 60) to “reject standard time” and keep in place daylight savings time indefinitely.
The bill was defeated 17-16 on January 27. House Bill 1233 was presented which would reject daylight savings time and keep the state on standard time. Its sponsor was Representative Elizabeth May of Kyle. She stated the previous bill (Senate Bill 60) was worded incorrectly, adding that standard time would be most beneficial for the state. SB 60 would have placed South Dakota on daylight saving time hours year round, a practice in place in Arizona and Hawaii.