Updated, 8:25 a.m
It was a sad day when “Veep” ended its run on HBO, but thankfully, we all got to reminisce about one of the show’s signature issues, scrapping Daylight Saving Time, as legislation passed a Michigan House panel on Thursday that would eliminate the need to reset clocks twice a year.
The state House Commerce and Trade Committee advanced House Bill 4303, sponsored by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga (R-Manton)*, which would make Daylight Saving Time year-round. Hoitenga calls the policy a “nuisance” and says it will benefit students.
Don’t get too excited, though. The legislation doesn’t go into effect unless Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania all adopt it, per the nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency analysis. And Congress would have to sign off. The bill is now before the House Ways and Means Committee, the next stop before it hits the House floor.
If you watched “Veep,” (and if you didn’t, you should fix that immediately with a weekend binge watch) you’ll remember that lunkhead presidential aide-turned-congressman Jonah Ryan rode the anti-Daylight Saving pony to national fame.
Please to enjoy his floor speech on the subject:
* This story has been corrected with Rep. Hoitenga’s correct party affiliation.