Get Ready to 'Fall Back' this Weekend


Remember to set those clocks back an hour. - FILE
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It's that "fall back" time of year, again. At 2 a.m. Sunday, daylight saving time comes to an end.

And, once again, North Coast Congressmember Jared Huffman is working with his Republican colleague Buddy Carter of Utah on a bipartisan bill that would allow states the option of staying on daylight saving time all year.

"I think a lot of people agree that keeping an extra hour of daylight all year makes a lot of sense," Huffman said in a tweet. "We have a bipartisan bill, the Daylight Act, to allow states to decide for themselves if they want to stop switching their clocks and stay on Daylight Saving Time year-round."

While Californians did vote overwhelmingly in 2018 to pass Proposition 7 to switch permanently over to daylight saving time, the measure needs to be ratified by a two-thirds vote of the state Legislature, which hasn’t happened yet. (A previous bill languished in the state Senate after passing in the Assembly.) And even if it did, California would simply join the ranks of a dozen states waiting for required Congressional approval to make the switch.

Among the many reasons cited for stopping the seasonal back and forth of time are health and safety concerns tied back to interrupted sleep patterns, including an increase in car crashes and cardiac issues.

Maybe next year? Until then, don't forget to turn back the clock an hour on Saturday night.

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