- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A Senate committee has passed a bill that says lawmakers want South Carolina to stay on Daylight Saving Time all year if the federal government allows it.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously sent the proposal to the Senate floor with little discussion.

Orangeburg Sen. Brad Hutto says the proposal is a suggestion and would likely need additional legislation if Congress allowed states to make their own determination about permanently moving clocks ahead one hour instead of just from March to November.

The bill’s chief sponsor is Senate President Harvey Peeler of Gaffney.

A bill called the “Sunshine Protection Act” is expected to be introduced in Congress this week to make Daylight Saving Time permanent across the country. A similar bill was introduced last year.

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