West Virginia Senate advances Daylight Saving Time bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - The West Virginia Senate has advanced a bill that someday might make Daylight Saving Time permanent in the Mountain State.

Senate Bill 106 passed with a 32-2 vote and was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

It would make Daylight Saving Time the official time in West Virginia, meaning that clocks would not be moved back one hour in the fall.

However, even if the bill is approved by the House, it could not go into effect right away because federal law does not allow states to observe Daylight Saving Time year round.

The bill being considered by state lawmakers says the "Secretary of State shall monitor the enactment of any federal law that permits the year round observation of Daylight Saving Time. If the law is enacted, the secretary shall send written notice of the effective date to the governor, who will announce the enacted law to all affected parties."

A similar bill failed to make it to the Senate floor for a vote last legislative session.