There seems to be an increase of legislative proposals for year-round daylight savings time. California among the latest state to see this proposed.
Federal law allows states like Arizona and Hawaii to opt out of daylight saving time and stay on standard time year-round. Congress has considered bills to allow states to remain on daylight saving time permanently, but they’ve stalled before legislators in either the House or Senate have had the chance to vote on them.
Chu said he’s confident the bill will pass through the state legislature with bipartisan support and two-thirds approval.
“It’s going through the process and will hopefully have its first hearing hopefully toward the end of the month,” Chu said.
If the bill passes, California will join Florida, whose legislature passed a similar bill to implement daylight saving time year-round and which now awaits permission from the federal government. After the Florida lawmakers decided to adopt year-round daylight saving time, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, introduced the Sunshine Protection Act of 2018 to grant the state approval to stay on daylight saving time year-round.