2020 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Blackwell, McMahan, McLendon, Carter, Parks, Younger, Doty, Tate, Johnson, Caughman, Whaley, McDaniel
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE INTENT OF THE MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE THAT DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME SHALL BE THE YEAR-ROUND STANDARD TIME OF THE ENTIRE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI AND ITS POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS.
WHEREAS, when Congress enacted The Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act of 1973, it included in its findings and declarations of policy that "various studies of governmental and nongovernmental agencies indicate that year-round daylight saving time would produce an energy saving in electrical power consumption"; and
WHEREAS, Congress also found and declared that "the use of year-round daylight saving time could have other beneficial effects on the public interest, including the reduction of crime, improved traffic safety, more daylight outdoor playtime for children and youth of our nation, [and] greater utilization of parks and recreation areas"; and
WHEREAS, Congress further found and declared that the use of year-round daylight saving time could result in "expanded economic opportunity through extension of daylight hours to peak shopping hours and through extension of domestic office hours to periods of greater overlap with the European Economic Community"; and
WHEREAS, the principles listed above are still applicable to this day, and by allowing the individual states the choice to establish daylight saving time as the standard time, today's Congress will allow such states to enjoy the benefits that Congress found so compelling as to enshrine in law:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING THEREIN, That:
(1) If the United States Congress amends 15 USC Section 260(a) to authorize states to observe daylight saving time year-round, it is the intent of the Legislature that daylight saving time shall be the year-round standard time of the entire State of Mississippi and all of its political subdivisions.
(2) This resolution shall be known and may be cited as the "Mississippi Daylight Protection Resolution."
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this resolution shall be transmitted by the Governor to the President of the United States and to members of Mississippi's congressional delegation and made available to the Capitol Press Corps.