This week, the California State Assembly passed AB 7 in a 72-0 vote which will set California on Daylight Savings Time year-round, pending federal authorization.
The bill now moves to the State Senate and if it passes there, it moves to the Governors desk for signature.
Assemblymember Kansen Chu said in a press release after it passed out of committee:
“I am thrilled to see the broad bipartisan support for AB 7,” said Assemblymember Chu (D-San Jose). “As momentum builds, and 39 other states consider similar proposals, I’m proud to have California leading the way on this issue. In the wake of the passage of Proposition 7, we’re seeing that Californians believe that switching our clocks twice a year no longer makes sense, and science is on our side. Yesterday’s vote out of committee reflects that shift in thinking. The time is now to eliminate this outdated practice, and I look forward to passing my bill into law.”
Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) are joint authors of AB 7.
“It’s past time we stop switching our clocks and adopt permanent daylight savings time,” said Assemblymember Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake). “Research has shown that switching to year-round daylight savings time would reduce electricity use by 1,500 megawatt hours per day (saving California ratepayers over $300 million per year), reduce pedestrian fatalities by 13 percent, and decrease robberies by 7 percent, as well as reducing heart attacks, workplace injuries, and suicide rates.”
Assemblymember Kansen Chu is proud to represent the 25th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, Santa Clara and San Jose.