Why States are Looking Into Abolishing Daylight Saving Time
Now that people would have to remember "Spring forward, fall back," as they would go about setting their clocks in accordance with Daylight Saving Time (DST), there are states in the U.S. that are looking forward to abolishing it. This left many people asking why would they want to get rid of DST.
KTLA reported that one California lawmaker, Kansen Chu (D), San Jose, sought to end the time changes in California and proposed Assembly Bill 2496 in light of the same. If approved, this would pave the way for the eradication of the effects of Proposition 12, which paved the way for DST's implementation.
Bill 2496 seeks the observance of Standard Pacific Time all throughout the year, which would incidentally get rid of Daylight Saving Time. The "spring forward" and "fall back" practice would now become a thing of the past if this will be implemented.
According to Chu, the decision to propose the abolition of DST in California was not made arbitrarily. He said that it came about after he listened to "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 is not the only one who has come forward to advocate for the abolishment of DST. In a Yahoo News report, other states that have called for an alternative to Daylight Saving Time. Massachusetts and Rhode Island are proposing a shift from Eastern Time to Atlantic Time. Other states which have been considering making changes to DST include Alaska, Florida, Kansas, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
It can be recalled that it was in 1918 when America wanted to conserve electricity just like Germany, which led to the establishment of Daylight Saving Time. It was in 1966 that the Uniform Time Act was enacted where areas within standard time zones in America observed uniform time.