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Many East Texans against the end of daylight saving time

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - When America sprung forward into Daylight Saving Time, a lot of people complained about losing an hour of sleep. For many here in East Texas, the loss of sleep was worth the extra daylight.

"It's good for me, and it's good for a lot of people. The simple reason is, I can do a lot of work in the evening time," said Lufkin contractor George Owens.

That extra daylight is now in jeopardy. 

Texas legislators met Wednesday at the Capitol to debate House Bill 150, a law proposed by East Texas State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, to get rid of Daylight Saving Time all together. Some believe it's an antiquated practice, but many here in East Texas would disagree.

"With the time being an extra hour, and it's not getting darker until a little bit later, it makes it better for us farmers around here in East Texas. Especially because it gives us time to get out and watch our animals, look at the animals," said Lufkin farm owner James Coutee. "This time of year, when the newborns are coming, it makes it a whole lot better."

In fact, some East Texans would prefer Daylight Saving Time to occur all year long.

"An ideal situation, if you wanted to pick one and leave it, I would go with picking the later time, say 7:30 or 8 o'clock, that way a man that works 9 to 5 still has time to get off," said Lufkin farm owner Wade Anders.

While making Daylight Saving Time last all year long is a long shot, many East Texans hope that HB 150 doesn't pass for not only working conditions, but for health and recreational reasons as well.

"I think things like depression are going on is because people can't get outdoors, the don't have anything to do. Get outdoors and enjoy the weather," Coutee said. "That extra hour would be something I would be greatly disappointed and stand against it if they decide to change it."

HB 150 is currently just being debated. Should it become a law, Daylight Saving Time will end permanently on September 1, 2015.

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