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Keep your hands off our clocks, some Texans say about plan to end daylight-saving time

A proposal to end daylight-saving time in Texas is prompting people from across the state to call the Texas Capitol.

Many Texans say they just want the government to leave their clocks alone.

Fort Worth’s W.A. “Tex” Moncrief Jr. was among those reaching out to lawmakers about state Rep. Dan Flynn’s bill to put an end to daylight-saving time in Texas.

“I think daylight-saving time is not only a waste of time, but a waste of money and it bothers people,” Moncrief said. “It bothers the hell out of me, I know that. I’d like to see Texas get rid of it.”

Critics argue that ending DST would eliminate what some Texans say is their favorite part of the year — extra time in the evening when it’s light outside. And they say Texans could end up using more energy year-round, hiking electric and gas use and potentially leading to shortages, blackouts and electrical failures.

“Give me Liberty … or give me Daylight Saving Time,” according to a note posted on the Save Daylight Saving Time in Texas Facebook page.

Flynn, R-Van, told the Star-Telegram that, despite the large interest in House Bill 95, he’s hoping another lawmaker will pick it up and run with it. He said that since being named chair of the House Pensions Committee, he needs to focus on the weighty issues facing the committee, rather than other high-interest issues.

Flynn said he has received about 80,000 emails, calls, texts and letters in recent years from Texans weighing in on the issue. No one has stepped up yet to carry the bill for Flynn and the last day of the session is May 29. This year, daylight-saving time starts March 12 and ends Nov. 5.

Reaching out

Fort Worth is reaching out to residents, hoping to find out what they want from the city.

Mayor Betsy Price recently talked about recent twitter town halls and how they have reached an audience of around 60,000 English and Spanish speakers.

The ever-energetic mayor also touted other ways people have communicated with the city, particularly through 23 recent “rolling, walking or caffeinated” town hall meetings.

“They don’t let me drink the coffee,” Price joked during her recent State of the City address. “They are afraid I’ll jump off the bike.”

New appointments

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently named two Fort Worth residents to the Trinity River Authority Board of Directors.

Among those appointed: Whitney Beckworth of Fort Worth, an attorney at Kelly Hart & Hallman, and William “Will” Rogers of Fort Worth, vice president of Collins and Young, for terms that expire March 15, 2021.

They join those newly appointed and reappointed: Robert McFarlane of Palestine, Frank Steed of Kerens, Edward “Cary” Williams III of Dallas, John Jenkins of Hankamer, Kevin Maxwell of Crockett, Manny Rachal of Livingston and Tori Lucas of Terrell.

A new governor?

You made not have noticed, but Texas has a different governor.

But just for a day.

State Sen. Kel Seliger — the Amarillo Republican chosen this year as president pro tem of the Texas Senate — temporarily serves as governor of Texas Friday.

The president pro tem presides over the Senate when the lieutenant governor is unavailable — and steps up to serve as governor (mostly in a ceremonial capacity) if the governor and lieutenant governor are both out of the state.

Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick picked Friday to honor the long-standing tradition to give Seliger his day in the spotlight. Seliger didn’t plan any big moves, just celebrations throughout his district.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley

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