I hate this idea. The concept went as far back as Benjamin Franklin, even though it was first instituted only 100 years ago. I believe that more people are comfortable and accustomed to it than what's represented by the vocal outcry.
Remember, in some areas it stays darker a lot later in early winter while people are driving to work and kids are waiting for the school bus; it only makes it worse to have DST on at that time . . . and yet it's useful to have DST on during the summer when people tend to be out later.
In my state, any bill allowing individual states to choose year-round DST would wreak havoc on border cities, and also in communities that are near both the time zone boundaries and state lines--clocks could differ from neighboring counties by TWO hours for part of the year!
One complaint I see often is the difficulty in adjusting to the new time. It seems to me that most people have their sleep patterns disrupted far more often than twice a year; why is the one-hour change so egregious? If it's really that bothersome, just plan ahead--make bedtime and alarm time ten minutes earlier each day for six days before DST begins in the Spring. (No one ever complains about "gaining" an hour in the Fall.)
I REALLY WANT TO HEAR FROM people who remember the "year-round" (almost) DST that was actually put into place in 1974 . . . most people seem to have forgotten it. What was it like then? Why didn't we keep it?