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Residents in California voted to do away with Daylight Saving Time. So why are we still falling back?

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Posted at 11:15 AM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 14:15:55-04

A time change is almost upon us as Daylight Saving Time arrives in two weeks. As people feel the perks of sleeping in an extra hour the state-wide debate over the time switch continues. For many springing forward and falling back just comes with the seasons. But others would like to see those yearly time changes become a thing of the past.

That was the consensus in 2018 when California voters approved Proposition 7. More than 60 percent of Californians voted to keep Daylight Saving hours year-round ending the time switch.

In a recent poll on the 23ABC Facebook page, 63 percent of over 1,900 respondents agreed it was time to do away with Daylight Saving Time.

Now a state bill must pass in order to end the time change, but the bill has been delayed. Some lawmakers argue it will impact trade with neighboring areas like Mexico. But supporters say the move will end negative impacts of the time switch.

"When we spring forward we see an increase in heart attacks, job related accidents, car accidents, and significant mood changes," explained San Jose Assemblyman Kansen Chu.

Chu says he anticipates lawmakers voting on the bill by February 2020. If passed they would need congressional approval as well. Until then we will fall back on November 3rd and the fate of Daylight Saving Time remains unknown.