Abolishment of daylight savings time considered

Legislation heard this week would put an end to daylight savings time and create perpetual standard time in Minnesota. This bill would eliminate the need to “spring forward” and “fall back” each year.

Proponents of the legislation believe that the bi-annual time adjustments cause many issues including lower school test performance, a spike in auto accidents, and negative behavioral/health problems. However, the institution of year-round standard time would result in earlier sunsets in the winter, which would pose a significant hazard for children getting home from school. Additionally, many Minnesotans enjoy more sunlight in the summer evenings, and this would be reduced if the state no longer adjusts to daylight savings time. (SF 1416)

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