COLUMBIA, S.C. — This Sunday, the pendulum swings again. The clocks move forward one hour. We lose that hour of sleep, but we gain more daylight. In November, we move the clock back and do it all again next year.
It's a time-honored tradition in the United States, and South Carolina just joined the ranks of a handful of states looking to be exempt from it.
The South Carolina General Assembly passed a bill in January that would put the state in permanent daylight saving time. Gov. Henry McMaster signed the bill in February.
North Carolina considered similar legislation last year, but nothing passed. At the time, many said it could be an economic and recreational boost. Others said getting rid of the clock changes would spare everyone from sleep disruptions and other health concerns that have been documented following the spring shift. Studies have found heart attacks and deadly crashes increase after springing forward.
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