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The fate of Daylight Saving Time in California

State legislation aims at ending time changes
Posted at 6:27 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 21:28:03-04

BAKERSFIELD, CA. — For many, Daylight Saving Time is all we know. Springing forward and falling back just comes with the seasons.

"Kinda used to it. Normal patterns of life, normal rhythms of life. I expect it," said Steve Jeffries, a Bakersfeild resident.

But others would like to see the yearly time changes become a thing of the past.

That was the consensus in 2018 when California voters approved proposition 7, aimed at keeping Daylight Saving Time year-round. That would mean no more time shifts.

But despite how voters feel, it is now up to the state legislature to make it official. A state bill must pass in order to end the time change, along with congressional approval.

A move Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose, is pushing for.

"Following Proposition 7, I introduced a bill that will keep Daylight Saving Time year-round," Chu said.

Chu has introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 7. However, the bill has been delayed. Chu said lawmakers are still weighing the impacts of year-round Daylight Saving Time.

Some argue it will impact trade with neighboring areas like Mexico.

But Chu and supporters said the moved will end negative impacts of the time change.

"When we spring forward, we see increase in heart attacks, job-related accidents, car accidents and significant mood changes," Chu said.

Chu said he anticipates lawmakers will vote by February 2020.