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New bill could have California voters weighing in on DST – again

Proposition 7, approved by 59% of voters, gave state lawmakers the power to move the state to daylight saving time year-round, but only after congressional approval. But in the years since, state lawmakers have failed to pass legislation to join the list of states that are officially waiting for Congress to legalize DST year-round.

The federal government does not currently allow states to use daylight saving time year-round. It only allows permanent standard time, which Arizona and Hawaii observe year-round, as well as US territories including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.

Although not currently allowed, it seems DST is a more popular option: 17 states have passed laws in recent years to effect the change permanently, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Assemblyman Steven Choi (R-Irvine) wants California to join Arizona and Hawaii year-round, but he also wants voters to step in.

His new invoice, AB2868, in its current form, would switch to permanent daylight saving time upon federal approval. But Choi said the original language was an editorial error and he plans to change it. The changes would also include a question asking voters to approve a change to standard time all year round.

Polls show that most Americans support ending the semiannual daylight saving time change. Choi argues that the century-old tradition is troublesome and outdated.

“As far as I know, it was to save energy, but research has shown that’s not the case,” he said in an interview. Choi also cited research showing that the time change has negative effects on health.

“I see a lot more benefit in keeping one hour, the standard hour, to be our permanent hour,” he said.

Sleep researchers agree that the time change affects humans’ natural sleep cycle and their response to light. It is also linked to increased risks of heart attacks, especially in elderly patients, as well as increased traffic accidents.

“We perform better, we feel better, we make fewer mistakes, and there will be fewer deaths if we just stick to the standard time, Dr. Kin Yuen, a sleep researcher at the Institute, told CapRadio. UC San Francisco and spokesperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. . “It’s better for everyone’s health.”

A congressional committee held a hearing earlier this week on the pros and cons of the biannual daylight saving time change. And while the issue has long been debated, a permanent time change is getting biggeraccording to the Washington Post.

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