(WGEM) — Illinois lawmakers are one step closer to approving permanent Daylight Saving Time, but the change would require federal approval, something that’s only been granted twice.
State Sen. Andy Manar who created the bill said that the state measure alone would not make the change.
“The only two ways that it can change in Illinois, ultimately, even with this bill becoming law, is either Congress gives us an exemption as a state or Congress implements a uniform standard presumably different than what we have nationwide,” he said.
The legislation got bipartisan approval in the Senate Tuesday and now awaits consideration in the House of Representatives.
If enacted, clocks in Illinois would “spring forward” one last time in March 2020, with Daylight Saving Time being the standard time of the entire state.
Some lawmakers were concerned that the change taking place only in Illinois would cause confusion in places near the state’s borders with Wisconsin, Missouri and Iowa.
Others jokingly asked the sponsor how people would know when to change their smoke detector batteries without the occasion to remind them.
A number of other states have approved similar measures, but would all still need either a federal waiver to make the change or see Congress enact a nationwide abolishment of the time change.
Currently only Arizona and Hawaii residents are free from the biannual clock tinkering that comes with Daylight Saving Time.