ATLANTA (AP) – Georgian senators want to stop changing their clocks twice a year, saying the switch from standard time to daylight saving time and vice versa is disruptive.
The Senate voted 46-7 Wednesday to pass Senate Bill 100, which requires Georgia to observe standard time all year round. It is returned to the House for further debate.
States have the power to forgo daylight saving time. Currently, Hawaii and most of Arizona stay on Standard Time year round. A number of other states are considering changes.
Republican Senator Ben Watson of Savannah said studies have shown more heart attacks and cranky judges hand down harsher criminal sentences right after residents have rushed or backed down.
“You don’t need me here to tell you that your sleep patterns are disrupted for two weeks in the spring and fall,” Watson said.
Watson’s bill asks Georgia to observe daylight saving time permanently if the US Congress allows it. He said polls show people would prefer more daylight at night. Watson also said it would be desirable for Georgia to act in collaboration with neighboring states. If Georgia observed daylight saving time all the time and Alabama always observed Central Standard Time, that …
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