California Wants To Ban Daylight Saving Time

Almost every state across the country observes the “fall back, spring forward” mantra of daylight saving time.

But a new bill proposed in California could mean an end to the clock switching on the west coast. If approved, California would join Hawaii and most of Arizona in not sticking to the tradition that’s nearly 100 years old.

Assembly Bill 2496 would end the practice in California, undoing a law that voters approved back in 1949.

California Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose is backing the bill. “I heard some complaints last year from some of the senior citizens (in my district) and their care providers who say this one-hour difference really impacted their lives,” Chu told The Sacramento Bee.

Chu said he decided to look into the matter, finding evidence that shows the time switch is associated with more workplace accidents, SacBee reports. Even more, while proponents of daylight saving say the act reduces energy consumption, Chu uncovered a study that found in Indiana, at least, more electricity was used because of the change.

Daylight saving has also been associated with increased car accidents and more heart attacks. The practice was originally picked up so that more people could enjoy daylight during their busy days. Contrary to popular belief, American farmers didn’t lobby for it (it actually made their lives more difficult).

Truth be told, there is no real reason to have daylight saving time.

California citizens may be closest to keeping the clocks consistent all year round, but they are not the only folks who want to put an end to the tradition. Several online campaigns are petitioning for the same move across the country, including one on Petition2Congress.com —> Read More

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