With the loss of an hour’s sleep only days away, one California legislator wants to end the practice of springing forward and falling back once and for all. Assemblyman Kensen Chu (D-San Jose) introduced Assembly Bill 2496 last week, which would ultimately allow voters to decide if they want to keep Daylight Savings Time (DST) eight months out of the year or permanently end the twice-yearly ritual of resetting clocks.
As currently written, AB 2496 would establish Standard Pacific Time as the standard time year round. During the middle of the year that would mean earlier sunrises and sunsets. The sun would be gone before 8 p.m. during even the longest days of summer.
California residents voted in favor of Daylight Savings Time through the initiative process in 1949. The arguments of the time included that DST gave farmers a longer time to tend their fields, would cut down on accidents, and make juveniles less delinquent.
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