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Wisconsin lawmakers ditch plans to end daylight saving time

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MADISON — Two Republican lawmakers have scrapped a bill to end daylight saving time in Wisconsin amid a backlash on social media and now want to make the sunshine-extending time change permanent year-round in the state.

Reps. Samantha Kerkman and Michael Schraa introduced a bill last week that would have eliminated daylight saving time in Wisconsin. The change would mean the summer sun would set an hour earlier.

Schraa said Friday the news release went out prematurely and sparked a backlash on Facebook from people who didn’t want their summer evenings shortened. He said he and Kerkman are now working on a bill that would make daylight saving time permanent, which would mean the winter sun would set an hour later.

The state would need a federal waiver to make that change.

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