California Could End Daylight Savings With New Proposition

California could stop following daylight savings, with a proposition on the November ballot that proposes California stick with a permanent time and eliminate the need to change clocks each year.

By NathanG on October 8, 2018
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The hassle of dealing with Daylight Savings has long been a chore for people who struggle with the time changes. This may change now, however, with a proposition included on the November ballot. This new proposition could allow California to decide whether or not to repeal the Daylight Savings Time Act of 1949.

According to SFGate, Proposition 7, if approved by voters, would then require a two-thirds majority vote from both houses. If the Legislature was then approved by Congress, California would join the ranks of Hawaii and Arizona as states that observe a full-time daylight savings.

The Bill proposing this change came from Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose,  in 2016. After passing through Legislature, the bill was then signed by Gov. Brown to be included on the November ballot. “We are hoping to increase the public health and increase the public safety,” Chu explained, “and allow kids to play outdoor sports and improve their well-beings a little bit.” Proponents of the bill also state that workers health and safety on the job could improve, by eliminating their need to wake up an hour earlier each spring.

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On the other hand, opponents of the bill believe the change would provide little benefit to public health, and would actually increase the risk of traffic and accidents during the early morning winter months.

What are your thoughts? Would you welcome the change, or want things to stay the same?

To read more about this proposed time change, click here.

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