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State lawmakers grapple with daylight saving time

ATLANTA - As state lawmakers struggle with priorities including balancing the budget and saving Georgia's beloved HOPE scholarship, some in the Senate have found a new issue: daylight saving time.

The matter arose for a second legislative day after the Senate on Friday passed a resolution 27-15 honoring the event after some debate last week. On Monday, senators moved 41-11 to withdraw the vote and send the resolution back to the rules committee.

Several legislators balked at the resolution as a waste of time amid more important priorities weighing on the Legislature in its remaining 15 days.

"The state of Georgia has many pressing and dire issues to address," said freshman Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville. "I submit to you that this is not one of them."

Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, the resolution's sponsor, said he offered the proposal as a favor to present to a friend at an annual party marking the event.

"They're just playing," Millar said after the vote to reconsider. "It's much ado about nothing. There are more important things we need to deal with."

Senate Resolution 322 called for lawmakers to "recognize the rich history and tradition" surrounding the practice, which dates to 1966, when Congress passed the Uniform Time Act establishing national guidelines, though there are some states and territories that do not observe the event.

Sen. Bill Heath, R-Bremen, took to the Senate floor on Monday in opposition to the resolution, but declined to answer questions regarding his position after the vote.

Daylight saving time is Sunday and clocks will spring forward one hour at 2 a.m. in much of the country.


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