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With the clock ticking, Georgia lawmakers want the state to end daylight saving time

March 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Last week, Georgia's Senate passed a bill 46-7 that would end the state's observance of daylight saving time.

(CNN)Last week, Georgia's Senate passed a bill 46-7 that would end the state's observance of daylight saving time.

The efforts in Georgia follow other states' attempts to end time changes, but those legislatures have pushed for their states to retain daylight saving time all-year round.

California voted to make daylight saving time permanent in 2018, and Washington did the same in 2019.

Unlike those bills, Georgia's would place the state in standard time, and it would have an immediate impact.

The bill passed on a bipartisan basis last Wednesday, with 15 sponsors including Senator Michelle Au (D), and Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan (R).

Both told CNN that their primary reason for supporting standard time is public health and safety.

"There is a growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating that these annual time shifts are bad for our health, disruptive to sleep cycles, and related to a higher immediate risk of heart attacks, strokes, cardiac arrhythmia, and even car accidents," said Au in a statement.

Dugan seconded these remarks, saying, "It's been proven that there are health issues," associated with the semi-annual time change.

"It's time to stick to one time," he added.

Senator Kim Jackson (D), voted against the measure, telling CNN that after "a great deal of research," she believes that it would "plunge Georgians into darkness for eight months out of the year," until the federal government acts.

If passed and signed by Gov. Brian Kemp before March 14, Georgia would remain in standard time while other states "spring forward" into daylight saving time.

However, if the bill passes after daylight saving time has already begun, it will not go into effect until October 2021, when daylight saving time ends.

Two bills have been introduced this Congress that call for daylight saving time to become permanent.

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