Goodbye, daylight saving time; clocks move back an hour Sunday at 2 a.m.

Mount Pleasant residents will gain an extra hour of sleep beginning on Sunday morning. Daylight saving time began at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12 and will come to an end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5. According to livescience.com, Benjamin Franklin devised the idea of moving clocks forward as a way to conserve energy. Daylight saving time didn’t officially begin until May of 1916 when Germany established the time change as a way to conserve fuel during World War I. In 1918, the United States adopted daylight saving time. President Woodrow Wilson wanted to keep daylight saving time after the end of the war — however, the country was rural at the time and farmers objected due to the lost hour of morning daylight. Daylight saving time was abolished. In February 1942, World War II was underway and President Franklin Roosevelt re-established daylight saving time year-round.

After the end of World War II, all U.S. states and towns were given free rein over daylight saving time. This mayhem led to the 1966 Uniform Time Act enacted by Congress.

House Bill 95, Senate Bill 238, and House Bill 2400 were all filed in the 2017 Texas legislative session in an effort to end daylight saving time for good in Texas.

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