LANSING (WWJ) –  On their first day in the new legislative session in Lansing, a group of state house lawmakers introduced a bill to end Daylight Saving Time in Michigan.

The bill would make Eastern Standard Time the official time zone for the entire state and eliminate setting the clocks backward or forward.

Democrat John Chirkun of Roseville and Robert Kosowski of Westland are among the lawmakers sponsoring the bill.

A similar bill introduced in 2015 was never approved by lawmakers.

“We should point out that this has been around the track before and it has never gotten enough votes,” said WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick. “So don’t be messing around with your watches or your clocks just yet. It’s only in the hopper and it may not happen.”

Daylight Saving Time was instituted in the United States during World War I in order to save energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between April and October. The passage of the Energy Policy Act in 2005 extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks — from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November.

Comments (7)
  1. Steve Frey says:

    Yep, time to get rid of this useless law. It serves no purpose in 2017.

  2. Tom Kerwin says:

    WHAT’s the justification for making this change ???

  3. This should be changed. People who rely on taking medications at the same time every day, or having to eat at certain times – the body knows when this change happens and it can really mess things up.

  4. Good luck. We have a bill in our House (#95) and a bill in our Senate (#238). Texans want to end Daylight Saving Time too and 2017 is looking good.

  5. Marc Swanson says:

    I would prefer that it ended provided that we used the current “summer mode” year round. That change would provide more sunlight during winter afternoons for outdoor work and running errands.

  6. I agree on ending it. We need it lighter in the evening for our children to play outside. I have hated it. Yea

  7. Who needs it light outside at 9:45 PM in June here in Michigan.