There was a palpable lethargy around the Observer offices yesterday. Not exactly atypical for Monday, but the fluorescent lights seemed especially harsh because not all quite regained the hour of sleep we lost over the weekend. If state Representative Dan Flynn gets his way, it might be the last time any of us go through this.
Flynn, a Republican from Canton, has introduced a bill that would dump daylight saving time permanently, starting September first of this year. It's set to be discussed by the Texas House's Government Transparency & Operation committee first thing Wednesday, while Sunday's switch is still at the front of everyone's minds.
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Flynn says on his website that the bill will be "a benefit to many including mothers who do not want to put their kids on the bus stop when it is dark and put them to bed when it is light." While we're sure that's the case, another piece of legislation filed by Flynn shows he wants to take on all things federal.
Flynn is also the author of House Bill 98, a piece of legislation that would, no joke, create something called the Joint Legislative Committee On Nullification. Nullification, as we all learned in middle school U.S. history, is the doctrine by which states can choose not to follow federal laws they don't like by declaring the disliked laws unconstitutional. The doctrine of nullification was one of the primary justifications of the formation of the Confederacy in the run up to the Civil War. Flynn wants to bring it back, in the form of a 14-member committee that "may determine that a federal action is an unconstitutional federal action only by majority vote of the total membership of the committee." Once that happens, the Legislature would then be allowed to nullify the federal law.
DST was apopted permently as part of the Uniform Time Act of 1966. Currently, parts of Hawaii and all of Arizona are the only regions never to change their clocks. Flynn would have Texans become the largest population yet to free themselves from the yoke of oppressive big government-mandated time changes.
Next step, secession.