Election 2018: Proposition 7 – Daylight Saving Time

Allows state lawmakers to change the period of Daylight Saving Time as long as the change is consistent with federal law and two-thirds of the legislature approved the move.
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What this proposition does: This proposition would allow state lawmakers to change the period of Daylight Saving Time as long as the change is consistent with federal law and two-thirds of the legislature approved the move. The measure allows for lawmakers, consistent with federal law, to preserve Daylight Saving Time as it is, change the date range of Daylight Saving Time or make Daylight Saving Time permanent year-round. It does not allow lawmakers to eliminate Daylight Saving Time altogether, though lawmakers already have this ability under the federal Uniform Time Act. What supporters say: Supporters claim that requiring California residents to change their clocks twice a year increases the likelihood of traffic accidents and medical episodes. Supporters say allowing lawmakers the discretion of changing the date range or making Daylight Saving Time permanent would prevent disruptive sleep cycles in children, make safer workplaces and reduce the number of collisions on roads. Supporters also argue that allowing lawmakers more discretion over Daylight Saving Time could result in monetary and energy savings. What opponents say: Opponents claim that potentially making Daylight Saving Time permanent would mean some activities, like going to school, would happen in the dark and the cold during winter months. Some morning activities, opponents say, might actually cause an increase in energy consumption if Daylight Saving Time was observed year-round. Opponents argue that the proposition fixes a system that isn’t broken simply because some find the current system inconvenient. Opponents also point out that it is really up to the federal government, not state lawmakers, to make decisions on Daylight Saving Time. What a YES vote means: A YES vote means a voter wants to give state lawmakers the ability to pass legislation that could alter the dates of Daylight Saving Time or make Daylight Saving Time permanent so long as the move is consistent with federal law. What a NO vote means: A NO vote means a voter wants to continue to keep in place the current system of Daylight Saving Time in California and does not want to give state lawmakers the ability to modify Daylight Saving Time dates or make Daylight Saving Time permanent. Official ballot title: “Conforms California Daylight Saving Time to Federal Law. Allows Legislature to Change Daylight Saving Time Period. Legislative Statute.”]]>

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