California May End Daylight Saving Time

Assemblyman Kansen Chu (D-Milpitas) has proposed Assembly Bill 2496, which would put a halt to Daylight Saving Time in California, according to CBS Sacramento.

The bill states:

Existing state law, the Daylight Saving Time Act, which was adopted as an initiative measure by the voters at the November 8, 1949, special election, provides that the standard time within the state is that which is known, described, and designated by federal law as United States Standard Pacific Time. The act also requires, from 1 a.m. on the last Sunday of April, until 2 a.m. on the last Sunday of October, the standard time within the state to be one hour in advance of United States Standard Pacific Time. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to establish United States Standard Pacific Time as the standard time within the state during the entire year.

Chu told the Sacramento Bee, “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 argued that Daylight Saving Time could be responsible for an increase in workplace accidents, adding that it does not limit energy consumption. He said of his bill, “This could be a very controversial one,” but pointed out that when he polled his constituents, “the results are very positive.”

Hawaii and Arizona (outside of Navajo Nation territory) do not institute Daylight Saving Time.

Chu concluded, “California should also be leading this change. I cannot believe that anybody would like to do this fall backward, spring forward thing twice a year.”

 


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