Missouri lawmaker wants to eliminate daylight saving

Thursday, February 28, 2013 | 8:04 a.m. CST; updated 9:11 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 28, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — The days of changing clocks twice a year could come to an end under a proposal pending in the Missouri General Assembly.

A Republican House member wants the state to get rid of daylight saving time but only if 20 other states agree to do the same.

The House Emerging Issues in Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the measure this week. The sponsor, Rep. Delus Johnson of St. Joseph said there's no real reason to continue observing daylight saving time.

But Missouri Broadcasters Association president Mark Gordon said TV stations would be at a disadvantage with the proposed time change. He said network programming and live sports broadcasts would have to air at abnormal times to be in sync with the rest of the country.

The committee did not vote on the legislation.

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Ellis Smith February 28, 2013 | 3:17 p.m.

At one time the [then] three national TV networks didn't tape delay programming to the Moutain Time Zone, which resulted in a weird schedule. Network evening news started at 4:30 pm*, followed by local news at 5:00 pm, and prime time network programming started at 6:00 pm, ending at 9:00 pm, followed by local news. At 9:30 pm there were network talk shows or old motion pictures.

Persons visiting Denver, Salt Lake City and El Paso thought they had entered another dimension.

Time zones were established by the Association of American Railroads, proving there are things someone other than the federal government is capable of handling.

*- How many employed Americans are home and watching TV at 4:30 pm?

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