Georgia Bill to Observe Daylight Savings Time Year-round Moves Forward
GEORGIA - A Georgia bill to permanently observe daylight saving time (DST) year-round has cleared a Georgia House of Representatives committee this past Thursday. Advocates for eliminating time changes state that studies have proven that the time changes lead to more workplace injuries, car accidents, and heart attacks. Representative Wes Cantrell, the bill's sponsor, affirmed these findings to the State Planning & Community Affairs Committee. According to Representative Cantrell, most people would like to see the end of the time changes. He also stated that the human body is built to slowly adjust to daylight changes.
Last year, Representative Cantrell introduced three new bills regarding the topic of Daylight Savings Time. Two of his measures call for the state of Georgia to observe either standard time or daylight savings time all year. The third piece of legislation asks for a statewide, non-binding referendum to assess Georgians' sentiments regarding the issue.
Last year, the bills did not proceed far due to the coronavirus, which forced a three-month session break in the 2020 General Assembly session. In order to switch Georgia to daylight time, all-year-round would require congressional approval.
According to Representative Cantrell, states like Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Tennessee have already passed bills calling for year-round daylight time. Should those bills become law, surrounding states would follow likely follow suit.
The representative also prefers daylight time because there is more daylight during the early evening hours. This allows for more recreation, saves on energy, leads to less criminal activity, and reduces traffic accidents.
A majority of the House committee has decided to move forward, and they passed the bill on a voice vote. The bill is heading to the House Rules Committee, where the bill will be scheduled for a vote by the entire House.
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