Friday, October 30, 2020

Preparing to Fall Back, Huffman Touts Daylight Saving Bill

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 12:59 PM

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With Californians staring down the reality of moving their clocks back an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, North Coast Representative Jared Huffman is touting a bill he's co-sponsoring that would allow states the option of staying on daylight savings time all year.

When the clocks fall back Sunday morning, we'll gain an hour of sleep but lose an hour of daylight. Huffman isn't too bullish on the tradeoff, and remains hopeful the bill he's co-sponsored with Rep. Bob Bishop (R-Utah) will get some traction before the end of the year.

“I don’t want to extend the year 2020 by a single minute, much less a full hour!” Huffman quipped on Twitter.

In 2018, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 7 to switch permanently over to daylight saving time but the measure needs to be ratified by a two-thirds vote in the state Senate, which hasn’t happened yet. And even if it did, California would simply join the ranks of a dozen states waiting for required Congressional approval to make the switch — that is, unless the bill co-sponsored by Huffman passes and is signed into law, giving states the right to choose for themselves how to set their clocks.

But for now, remember to set your clocks back an hour before going to sleep Saturday night.
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