COLUMBIA — Some legislators want to know if South Carolina voters want to stop changing their clocks twice a year.
But time is running out on a proposal to put the question on the ballot.
With just a month left in the session, a House panel postponed voting Wednesday on legislation that would ask voters in November if they want to stop springing forward and falling back.
The subcommittee did, however, change the wording of the proposal, which initially asked voters if South Carolina should skip daylight saving time altogether.
Rep. Alan Clemmons, the sponsor, said people he's heard from want the opposite — to permanently stay on daylight saving, allowing for that extra hour of light.
The amended question would ask about "doing away with spring forward/fall back," said Clemmons, R-Myrtle Beach.
Voters' response would only inform legislators. It wouldn't require them to do anything, though Clemmons said legislators should "respect the will of South Carolina."
South Carolina alone can't prevent a time change. Congress must approve exempting the state from the Uniform Time Act of 1966, the law governing the nation's clocks. Two states, Hawaii and most of Arizona, already are exempt. Florida passed a law earlier this year seeking to stay on daylight saving.
Last month, days ahead of the annual turn-the-clocks-forward event, the South Carolina Senate endorsed a study into the pros and cons of opting out. A Senate committee is supposed to report its findings by July 1.