A bill that would end Day Light Savings Time in California passed its first committee on Monday in a 9-2 vote.
Assembly Bill 385 would place on the ballot whether or not to keep Daylight Saving Time (DST) as it currently exists or switch to year round Standard Time. The Bill needs two-thirds majority of both the state assembly and senate as well as Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.
- Ayes: Gaines, Hertzberg, Hill, Hueso, Lara, McGuire, Morrell, Pavley, Wolk
- Noes: Cannella, Leyva
According to Monday’s Press Release by Assemblyman Kansen Chu, author of the bill, in 1949, California voters approved Proposition 12, which adopted DST in the spring and summer months. Daylight Saving Time was touted as a way to save fuel as people would need to use less energy in the evening since it would get darker later during the summer months. However, in the modern world we live in, the fuel and electricity savings of the time switch really do not materialize.
Additionally, switching the clock twice a year can cause negative impacts on the daily routines of children and the elderly. “I heard some complaints last year from some of the senior citizens (in my district) and their care providers who say this one-hour difference really impacted their lives,” Chu said.
“California should be leading this change,” Chu said. “I cannot believe that anybody would like to do this fall backward, spring forward thing twice a year.”
The Bill was introduced February 18, 2015. For more on the Bill, click here.