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Oklahoma Rep wants to get rid of daylight saving time

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -A bill that is meant to stop the clocks has passed it first hurdle in the state legislature.

A House committee passed a bill that would keep Oklahoma from springing forward for daylight saving time. However, some people in Lawton say lawmakers should leave the clocks alone. House Bill 2557 would keep Oklahoma on the same time schedule year round. However, critics say during the spring, sunrise would occasionally hit at 4 a.m. and the sun would set early as well, meaning many people will be left in the dark after they leave work or school.

Many people are opposed to it, saying sunlight is most important to have in the evenings when recreation and family time is spent, and not in the morning. Mike Moore, the athletic director for Lawton Public Schools, says this would be a horrible idea for students and would really hinder afterschool scheduling for spring sports.

"We don't have lighted fields for our middle school, so they are going to have to start early and try to get that done if we don't have the spring forward of daylight saving time,” Moore said.

With softball, baseball, golf and soccer all in full swing, it also makes for a riskier commute after practice.

"I live on the east side of town and I know there is kids that after practice will walk home from MacArthur Middle into MacArthur Park. And now in the spring in particular, they have an hour more daylight instead of having to walk home and it be a little bit darker. So a safety concern there," said Moore.

Pam Thermon, a Lawton resident, says she wants to keep daylight saving time as is, because this would affect her lifestyle.

"I like to get up and be able to do things further into the day, and not have to worry about it getting dark at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. I'm just a person that likes to stay outside and I like the light," Thermon said.

However, among all these nays, there was a yay. Philip Bohl, a farmer in Comanche County, says he wants this bill to pass.

"Partially because of the frustration of changing the clocks twice a year and rescheduling myself," Bohl said.

While in the past many farmers relied on the extra light to be productive, Bohl says it’s not the case anymore.

"Well, we have lights on all of our equipment now and when it’s harvest time, myself and my crew know there will not be much sleep you have a narrow window to get your crops harvested," Bohl said.

One of the bill's supporters says the amount of daylight remains the same, regardless of what the clocks say. But some worry about the economic impact on the recreation industry, such as golf, since many people play after work.

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