Bill to set California on Daylight Saving Time Year-Round passes out of committee

Thursday, April 25, 2019

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – AB 7 by Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) passed out of committee with bipartisan support. AB 7 will set California on Daylight Saving Time year-round, pending federal authorization. The bill passed out of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee with almost unanimous support, with the exception of three committee members. AB 7 will be heard in Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee next week.

“I am thrilled to see the broad bipartisan support for AB 7,” said Assemblymember Chu (D-San Jose). “As momentum builds, and 39 other states consider similar proposals, I’m proud to have California leading the way on this issue. In the wake of the passage of Proposition 7, we’re seeing that Californians believe that switching our clocks twice a year no longer makes sense, and science is on our side. Yesterday’s vote out of committee reflects that shift in thinking. The time is now to eliminate this outdated practice, and I look forward to passing my bill into law.”

Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) are joint authors of AB 7.

“It’s past time we stop switching our clocks and adopt permanent daylight savings time,” said Assemblymember Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake). “Research has shown that switching to year-round daylight savings time would reduce electricity use by 1,500 megawatt hours per day (saving California ratepayers over $300 million per year), reduce pedestrian fatalities by 13 percent, and decrease robberies by 7 percent, as well as reducing heart attacks, workplace injuries, and suicide rates.”

AB 7 will be heard in Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee next week on Wednesday, May 1st. The States of Washington and Oregon are both considering similar legislation to set their states on Daylight Saving Time year-round. In the State of Washington, House Bill 1196 by Representative Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane) and others passed out of the Washington State Senate this week, and is headed to Governor Inslee’s desk. In Oregon, Senate Bill 320 by Senator Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) passed out of the State Senate earlier this month and is headed to the State House of Representatives. If SB 320 is passed, Oregon will go on permanent daylight saving time if Washington and California also adopt permanent Daylight Saving Time and the federal government authorizes states to do so.

Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA-17) is a cosponsor of H.R. 1556 with Representative Vern Buchannan (R-FL-16) which sets the country on permanent Daylight Saving Time.

Assemblymember Kansen Chu is proud to represent the 25th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, Santa Clara and San Jose.

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