What’s the Big Idea?
Should California move toward year-round daylight saving time?
The Way It Is Now
Each year, daylight saving time starts on the second Sunday in March (when clocks are moved forward) and ends on the first Sunday in November (when clocks are moved back.) This practice was started by a voter initiative in 1949. Ballot initiatives cannot be repealed without the consent of voters.
What If It Passes?
Nothing, at least right away. Passage of Proposition 7 would give the Legislature authority to vote on changing daylight saving time. If legislators approved it with a two-thirds vote, and if the federal government allowed it, California could maintain daylight saving time year-round.
Changing clocks disrupts our sleep schedules and harms our health. Medical studies indicate heart attacks, stroke risks and accidents increase in the days following a time change.
Proposition 7 tries to fix something that is not broken. Permanent daylight saving time would mean dark winter mornings. Being on permanent daylight saving time would put California out of sync with its neighboring states (except for Arizona).