Louisiana legislation to adopt permanent daylight savings time & stop changing clocks.

Louisiana legislation to adopt permanent daylight savings time & stop changing clocks.

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Vonnie Hawkins started this petition to Louisiana State House and

Time changes twice a year is an antiquated practice that causes accidents, and health problems, and causes us, and our children, to have to adjust to a different time, with a myriad of complications and unnecessary difficulties.

IT IS TIME FOR LOUISIANA TO JOIN THE MOVEMENT!  LET'S SHOW LOUISIANA LEGISLATORS THAT WE ARE READY TO HAVE ONE TIME YEAR ROUND!

Legislation to go on year-round daylight saving time has passed in at least seven states, including Delaware, Maine and Tennessee this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Oregon was the most recent, approving year-round daylight saving on June 17.

So far this year, at least 36 states have introduced legislation to end or study the practice, more than any year before. Some bills call for all-year standard time, but most endorse permanent daylight saving time — which would result in an extra hour of evening sunlight for more of the year in exchange for a delayed sunrise in the winter.

The issue has played out on social media with the hashtags #DitchTheSwitch and #LockTheClock.

Federal statute says that any state can opt out of daylight saving and elect to go on standard time permanently — which Arizona, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have done for decades. But states that follow daylight saving time must adhere to the federally set dates for it, which are currently the second Sunday in March through the first Sunday in November.

Leading the charge to change the federal law is Florida. In 2018, it became the first state to approve year-round daylight time after Greg Steube, a Republican who was then in the state Senate and is now in the U.S. House, filed legislation to stop the clock shift.

Steube said he got the idea one fall after his barber mentioned her young children were having trouble adjusting to the hour-difference. On a whim, Steube decided to look into getting rid of the practice, and polling among constituents revealed an unexpectedly high level of support for sticking to one time all year, particularly daylight time. Steube said he was also bombarded with calls from executives in the tourist industry who felt an extra hour of daylight could help business.

Following state passage of the bill, called the Sunshine Protection Act, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., took the fight for year-round daylight saving time to the federal level, along with Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla. Rubio first proposed it last year, but it stalled in Congress. Rubio and Buchanan reintroduced it in March, arguing it would decrease rates of childhood obesity and improve the economy, among other benefits.

“It has become clear this antiquated practice no longer serves any purpose,” Rubio wrote in a letter to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, the key committee that needs to take up the bill.

IT IS TIME FOR LOUISIANA TO JOIN THE MOVEMENT!  LET'S SHOW LOUISIANA LEGISLATORS THAT WE ARE READY TO HAVE ONE TIME YEAR ROUND!

Cited directly and adapted from this article:  #DitchTheSwitch by the NBC News which also contains a useful map showing that Louisiana is the only state which has not introduced legislation on this issue!  Let's move this along!

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