House Votes to Keep Daylight Savings Time

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When you go to work on Monday, March 14, 2016, feeling like you have been deprived of sleep because of the annual leap forward to Daylight Savings Time, think back to today and thank the Texas House for your groggy state of mind. By a vote of 56 ayes to 79 nays, the House defeated legislation by Representative Dan Flynn to do away with the annual back and forth on time.

Some of the naysayers were worried about children going to school in the dark in winter, while others were worried that Sunday beer sales would not start in time for professional football kickoffs. Some just seemed confused. But then, does anybody know what time it really is?

“The only one who knows if it is sun up or sun down is the rooster,” Flynn told the House.

 

Representative Gary Elkins amended the bill to keep Texas on the current time by labeling it Eastern Standard Time. But because some objected to having Texas be anything Eastern, Representative Larry Phillips amended the bill to call the new time Texas Time. “Yeehaw!” shouted some member.

Time ran out on Flynn, however, and the bill went down. Texas will continue to fall back in the Fall and spring forward in the Spring. The unofficial vote was:

Yeas – Anderson, C.; Bell; Blanco; Bonnen, D.; Burkett; Burns; Button; Capriglione; Craddick; Darby; Elkins; Fallon; Fletcher; Flynn; Goldman; Guerra; Guillen; Gutierrez; Herrero; Hunter; Isaac; King, P.; Klick; Krause; Laubenberg; Lozano; Márquez; McClendon; Miller, R.; Morrison; Muñoz; Murr; Naishtat; Nevárez; Paul; Phillips; Raney; Raymond; Riddle; Rinaldi; Schaefer; Sheets; Sheffield; Simmons; Simpson; Smith; Smithee; Springer; Stickland; Thompson, E.; Thompson, S.; Tinderholt; White, J.; White, M.; Workman; Zedler.

Nays – Allen; Alonzo; Alvarado; Anchia; Anderson, R.; Ashby; Aycock; Bernal; Canales; Clardy; Coleman; Collier; Cyrier; Dale; Davis, S.; Davis, Y.; Deshotel; Dutton; Faircloth; Farias; Farney; Frank; Frullo; Galindo; Giddings; Gonzales; González; Harless; Hernandez; Howard; Huberty; Israel; Johnson; Kacal; Keffer; Keough; King, K.; King, S.; King, T.; Koop; Kuempel; Landgraf; Larson; Leach; Martinez; Martinez Fischer; Metcalf; Meyer; Miles; Miller, D.; Minjarez; Moody; Murphy; Oliveira; Paddie; Parker; Peña; Phelan; Pickett; Price; Reynolds; Rodriguez, E.; Rodriguez, J.; Romero; Schofield; Schubert; Shaheen; Spitzer; Stephenson; Turner, C.; Turner, E.S.; Turner, S.; VanDeaver; Villalba; Vo; Walle; Wray; Wu; Zerwas.

Pardon me, I’ve got to go take a nap and store up some sleep for next year.

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  • WUSRPH

    One swing and a miss at the Feds….May not be many more coming next week as almost all the bills reported by State & Federal Power & Responsibility are still waiting to go on a Calendar.

    Speaking of what time it is: It is that time in a legislative session when a series of end-of-session deadlines go into effect shutting off the consideration of more and more bills.

    FOR HOUSE BILLS NOT YET IN THE SENATE:

    OF SPECIAL NOTE is the Monday deadline. IT IS THE LAST DAY ON WHICH A HOUSE COMMITTEE CAN REPORT A HOUSE BILL OR HJR. If it is a House bill and it has not been reported from committee by the end of the day IT IS DEAD for the session.

    Another SPECIAL DEADLINE is Tuesday when the last General Daily Calendar for House bills will be published. Except for purely consent and local bills, if it is a HB or HJR and it is not on this Daily Calendar IT IS DEAD for the session.

    WEDNESDAY is another special deadline in the House. That day the LAST CALENDAR of CONSENT BILLS will be published. If it is not a “local bill” or not on the Calendar published on Tuesday, if it is a House bill that has not reached the Senate IT IS DEAD.

    Thursday is the LAST DAY for General House bills to pass the House on 2nd Reading. If it does not get passed that day, again, IT IS DEAD.

    FRIDAY is the LAST CONSENT CALENDAR for HBs. It is also the LAST DAY on which general HBs/HJRs can be passed on 3rd reading. (The last calendar for LOCAL HBs will be published on Wednesday, May 20th. They will be voted on on Friday, May 22). STICKLAND WILL BE BUSY!

    More deadlines go into effect during the following week, but these are the important ones for next week.

    • http://www.fortbendconservative.org/ John Bernard Books

      Only a bozo would think being anti-DST is being anti-Union.

  • donuthin2

    Poor Molly, the biggest item on her legislative agenda just went down the tube. Oh well, Bell Co is getting what they ask for.

    • WUSRPH

      I do not know why you are picking on poor Molly…..Just because she keeps screwing up is no reason to bad mouth her (TOO MUCH, that is)….After all she actually is the primary author of 9 whole bills and she has gotten 3 of them reported by committees…One is actually on the Daily Calendar (HB 2556 which deals with punishments of some kinds of outdoor burning) and two have been sent to the Local & Consent Calendars Committee for possible placement on a calendar. (One deals with pedestrian use of a sidewalk. The other has something to do with the relationship of cemeteries to the Clean Air Act.)…..All of her big moral crusade stuff is still in committee….but she will probably count any she signed up on as co-author as being here’s in her interim newsletter to her constituents.)

      • Indiana Pearl

        Do freshmen legislators get some training before they meet in the Lege for the first time? I’m thinking of Fish Camp held for A & M freshman. Or are they unleashed on the unsuspecting public?

        • WUSRPH

          There is a couple of days of orientation—lectures on the big issues, procedures and how to run an office plus computer training. The parliamentarian also offers on-line live training in parliamentary procedures.

          • http://www.fortbendconservative.org/ John Bernard Books

            The millennials are an example of “orientation” by the educrats. Just because legislators don’t lege like dems want them to, that doesn’t make them “bad” or “incompetent.”

      • Another Wilco Voter

        I interpreted the pedestrian use of sidewalk bill as making jaywalking no longer a ticketable offense.

  • http://www.fortbendconservative.org/ John Bernard Books

    What difference does it make to a liberal, they don’t care if its 1:30 or 2:30 when they break into your house as long as you’re at work.

  • cjhowe

    Notice was given for a motin to reconsider the vote.

    • WUSRPH

      He would really have to turn a LOT of votes to get the House to seriously consider giving him another run. It would take up time that they would rather spend on moving their bills since time is running out. Most will feel that he has had his shot.

      P.S. What did he say he was going to do for El Paso which is on Mountain Standard and/or Mountain DST?

      • cjhowe

        It was Representative Huberty who provided notice of the intent to reconsider. There was amendment to put Texas on Eastern Time. I suspect that will be removed and they’ll try the vote again.

        There was a separate amendment to allow El Paso County to determine what time zone it wanted.

        • WUSRPH

          Those El Pasoans would probably stay in Mountain time. After all, when they talk about going to the beach they mean San Diego, Calif., not Padre island since they are closer to San Diego.

          Personally, I think we should go on DOUBLE SAVINGS WAR TIME until the threat of Obama’s invasion has passed. (SURE!)

          • Lilly

            They were so befuddled about the different time zones during the debate that the amendment for El Paso included the possibility of Pacific Time.

      • cjhowe

        Ultimately there are two questions being asked. The first, do you want to stop changing the clocks. I believe a good size majority supports that question.

        The second question is do you want to be on the Eastern Standard or Central Standard.

  • Indiana Pearl

    I hate DST.

    • http://www.fortbendconservative.org/ John Bernard Books

      90+% of Americans do however democrats see it as being a threat to big government “One swing and a miss at the Feds.”

  • Slick

    I’m the sponsor would have labeled DST as ‘Obama Time’ and its replacement as ‘Texas Liberty and Freedom Time’, it would fly to Abbott’s desk.

    • Slick

      If, not I’m. DSC.

  • WUSRPH

    All of you who want the Texas House to name you one of the Texas Delegates to the SECOND AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION should start getting your résumés shaped up……It is only a matter of time now that the Texas House has passed HJR 79 calling for a new federal Constitutional Convention. With the Senate sure to follow (yeah!) it is certain that such a convention will be held…After all, as Texas goes two-thirds of the 50 states are sure to follow. The House passed HB 1110 earlier this month to set up the way IT AND THE SENATE will appoint AND CONTROL all the delegates. But even if you have to vote like a robot, think of how having been a delegate will look on your gravestone.

    • wessexmom

      What REALITY ZONE are you living in? These days, as Texas goes, two thirds of the 50 states are sure to FLEE the other way, with few exceptions! Seriously; We are hated by other states, whether you like it or not, give a damn or not, think that’s a good thing–or not. It’s the truth.

      • Indiana Pearl

        What I have observed since moving to Texas is that it gets a LOT of press, some good, some bad.

      • WUSRPH

        Joke….but there is a national movement to get this convention called…Efforts are being made in several states. They are trying to limit it to a balanced budget amendment—which is what the Texas resolution calls for—but it is not sure whether they can actually do that.

        • Lilly

          Actually, during the debate, the author said that Texas would be either the 26th or 27th state to call for the convention (I don’t remember which). It takes 34, so it is coming closer. Ugh.

  • http://www.fortbendconservative.org/ John Bernard Books

    This is simply the Straus democrats way to telling us “we’re in control.” If you don’t like DST you can keep your DST.

  • Gritsforbreakfast

    I happened to be in the gallery for this. Inexplicably, I found part of me rooting for “Texas Time,” and for that matter I’d probably be fine with the suggestion to switch to the eastern time zone. I didn’t realize I had opinions on the topic till I heard the debate, even if they’re obviously unexamined and likely ill-considered ones.

    • WUSRPH

      Texas chauvinism affects all of us who took Texas History in the public schools. My course was in the 9th grade—a very “impressionable age”. But we got doses from kindergarten onwards. Some may remember the little cartoon book of Texas History sponsored by one of the oil companies (Humble?) that later had to be redone because of its treatment of Hispanics and African-Americans. It is something most of those from other states find incomprehensible…..

      • Gritsforbreakfast

        Perhaps Texas chauvinism. Also, not a great daylight savings time fan. And I don’t see what’s so great about sharing a time zone (or for that matter, a boundary) with Oklahoma.

        • WUSRPH

          see above

      • Lilly

        It was called “Texas History Movies.”

    • Indiana Pearl

      Lived in southern IN for over 40 years on God’s time (EST), then Bush’s Man Mitch decided he was going to drag IN into “the 21st century.” He implemented DST against the wishes of most Hoosiers.

      When it is dark in NY city, it’s still light in IN at 9:00 pm in summer. Think about that, Texans.

      Indiana is still living in the 1800s . . .

      • WUSRPH

        But didn’t you have any compassion for those poor folks in the northwest corner of the state who were in Central Time?..It used to take only one hour (by the station clocks) to get to Chicago on the Chicago, South Shore & South Bend (“The South Shore Line”) but two hours to get back.

        • Indiana Pearl

          Have a friend in southwest MI (eastern) who I’d meet in Chicago (central) occasionally. Since IN didn’t have DST, she would get very confused.

          Louisville also had different times from IN, even though it was right across the Ohio.

      • WUSRPH

        Let’s all go back to before Standard Time was brought to us by the railroads….when every town could have a different time…all based on the height of the sun marking noon on a sun dial…..That’s real GOD”s time….anything else is either Railroad Time of Government Time.

        • Blue Dogs

          Central Standard Time is GOOD & should stay that way!

          • Indiana Pearl

            I agree!

  • Blue Dogs

    Good morning ladies & gentlemen!

    Down here in SA, both former State Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) & incumbent Mayor Ivy Taylor (D) advanced to the runoff election last night. 3rd place finisher, former State Rep. Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio) will be playing kingmaker & therefore decide who wins!

    I still see Van de Putte winning!

    • http://www.fortbendconservative.org/ John Bernard Books

      The Fix is in Van de Putte is already picking paint and carpet to remodel her new office. She will keep her old numbered bank account to funnel the loot.

      • Blue Dogs

        It’s all but set in stone, Van de Putte’s staff are already measuring the drapes at City Hall.

        Big question is whether she’ll last 4 2-year terms down here!

  • Slick

    I agree that LVP will prevail in the runoff, but the real story is her pathetic showing yesterday. She’s been an elected official in San Antonio for 25 years, and a statewide candidate — yet she could only muster 30% of the vote, and clearly couldn’t generate any excitement in her candidacy. She poured huge money into negative ads, compared to the incumbent who had little to no TV presence. Hard to say whether it is due to LVP fatigue or poor Democratic ground game (12% turnout). Her glaring flip-flop on whether she would join the race obviously didn’t help. I’m sure she’ll prevail in the runoff, but the luster is off, she looks exceedingly weak. Not the type of showing expected of a person with her resume.

    • Blue Dogs

      You’re betting she’ll be lucky to last 2 terms as SA Mayor?

      • Slick

        No, I’m pointing out that her perceived depth of support failed to materialize. It’s as if she was playing varsity ball, then decided to try out for JV, and turned in a mediocre (at best) performance. 88% of the voters decided to stay home, and 70% of the voters who did show up in her hometown chose someone else for mayor. If you were on the SA council and she comes asking for your support, would you hitch your wagon to someone who couldn’t top 30%? Nope. She comes in limping.

        • Blue Dogs

          This means some on the SA City Council down here are going to be plotting for 2017!

          • http://www.fortbendconservative.org/ John Bernard Books

            If Straus goes after Lamar’s seat and I’m sure he will (Lamar’s 80) and Van de Putte and Straus get cozy they will run SA the next 40 years.
            Which is the worst run city, John Wiley’s Dallas or Mayor Porker’s Houston? You think dems in SA will them get away with that?