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Lawmakers look for support in Daylight Saving bill

DE PERE (WLUK) -- Daylight Saving Time starts three weeks from Sunday, forcing us to spring ahead and lose an hour.

But a couple of state lawmakers are floating the idea of eliminating the change and keep the time the same year round.

Dan Diederich, a fourth-generation dairy farmer from De Pere, says he doesn't like Daylight Saving Time any more than his cows do.

"They're used to getting fed every day at 5 in the morning. Now, 5 in the morning is 6 in the morning. Well that's a change for them, and they're ready at 5 o'clock. They're standing in there wondering where their food is," he said.

While the cows adjust after a few days, Diederich says it's still unnecessary stress.

Some lawmakers agree, including Rep. Samantha Kerkman.

But she isn't proposing ending Day Light Saving Time anymore, now she's proposing keeping it all year round -- staying on Central Daylight Time.

"In talking to constituents they feel like the time change is hard to adjust in your schedule, the kid's schedules, the family pet's schedule, or to farmers for their cows," Kerkman said.

Kerkman says the main complaint she hears from people is having to change the clock at all, "They just, people don't like the falling back and the springing forward. Just leave us on one time either way. And going forward, the consensus seems to be, give us that extra daylight in the evening hours."

If Wisconsin stays on Daylight Saving Time, the state would be an hour ahead of other Midwest states in the winter, which some say could lead to confusion.

Andrew Lococo, at student at St. Norbert College in De Pere, worries about the initial confusion.

"There could be more challenges, as well. While federal law allows states opt out of Daylight Saving Time, there is not currently an option to stay only on Central Daylight Time," Lococo said.

For that to happen, Wisconsin would need a waiver from the federal government.

While the lawmakers continue to search for support, Kerkman says there is no timeline to introduce the bill and that it may not happen this year at all.


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