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AirTalk debates 2018 ballot initiatives: Prop 7 — daylight-saving time

A photo from the '60s shows a collection of clocks used for timing Civil Service exams.
A photo from the '60s shows a collection of clocks used for timing Civil Service exams.
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Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of advancing clocks by one hour every spring and back by an hour every fall. California Proposition 7, the Permanent Daylight-Saving Time Measure, is on the ballot in California as a legislatively referred state statute on November 6, 2018.

A “yes” vote would allow the California State Legislature to change the dates and times of the daylight saving time (DST) period and establish permanent, year-round DST in California by a two-thirds vote if federal law is changed to allow for permanent DST. Prop 7 was first introduced by Assemblyman Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) in 2016 with AB807. It was passed in legislation and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last June to appear on the ballot this November.

Supporters say that axing daylight saving could reduce physical health strains, including the increased amount of heart attacks and workplace injuries during daylight saving shifts, according to a 2009 study by Michigan State University. But opponents aren’t convinced there’s enough evidence that people are better off without the time changes, and worry that altering statewide protocols could cause major disruptions. Florida is also considering a similar daylight-saving time reform bill. What do you think? Weigh in with your comments and questions by calling 866-893-5722 or posting below.

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Sion Roy, president-elect of the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA); cardiologist and director of Inpatient Cardiac CT at Harbor UCLA

Severin Borenstein, director of the Energy Institute at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, who has written a blog post against Proposition 7; he tweets @BorensteinS