It would be fun to have Rep. Dan Kaiser as my Representative. His seven bills provide all sorts of fun blog discussion!

Worth mentioning is Rep. Kaiser's House Bill 1127, which would exempt South Dakota from Daylight Savings Time. Alas, the wording appears a bit confused as to just where it wants to lock in the clocks:

Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary by the United States relating to the adoption of daylight savings time by all of the states, the state of South Dakota elects to reject daylight savings time and elects to continue use in force standard time, or summer hours [House Bill 1127, original text, posted 2015.01.27].

Correct me if I'm reading something wrong here, but Daylight Savings Time is the clock we use in the summer (and the first half of fall, the last couple weeks of winter, and all of spring). Standard Time is what we're doing right now. If South Dakota rejects Daylight Savings Time, it rejects "summer hours." The language of this bill contradicts itself.

If the intent of this bill is to reject Daylight Savings Time and keep "winter hours," we face an interesting timing question. We switch to Daylight Savings Time this year on March 8. With no emergency clause appended, HB 1127 would take effect on July 1, which is a Wednesday. HB 1127 would thus have us set our clocks back across South Dakota in the middle of a workweek, which I'm sure would wreak all sorts of mirthful chaos at the office. With everyone's work and sleep schedule mixed up, we should just call a five-day weekend for the Fourth of July and let everyone get rested. (Oh! Bonus to HB 1127: fireworks displays could start an hour earlier for the kids!)

I have mixed feelings on Daylight Savings Time. I love the later sunsets it brings us. Sunshine past nine p.m. East River fills me with bliss. But I appreciate rolling out of bed and blogging by the glorious dawn light of Standard Time instead of the delayed sunrises of Daylight Savings. We just can't have it all....

Of course, if we really want to get fundamentalist about time, maybe we should amend HB 1127 to adopt Mountain Time statewide. The brief confusion caused by switching our clocks back or forth an hour twice a year is nothing compared to the daily confusion for folks doing business statewide keeping straight Central and Mountain Time. Time zones should center around meridians so that solar noon (the time when the sun is highest in the sky) as 12:00 p.m. In Madison, high noon comes around 12:45 p.m. Standard Time and 1:45 p.m. Daylight Savings Time. In Pierre, high noon comes at 12:54 p.m. Standard; in summertime, solar noon is almost tea time. If we unify South Dakota under Mountain Time, noon will be closer to noon, and we will bring East River and West River together, two clocks, finally ticking as one.

When do you prefer your sun? Should we keep fiddling with our clocks? I'm eager for the discussion of Daylight Savings Time here and in House State Affairs.