These seven states want to make daylight saving time permanent
It's that time of year again!
On Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00 AM, daylight saving time officially comes to an end, with much of the United States turning their clocks back an hour. Whereas many people welcome the time change with open arms -- an extra hour of sleep! -- daylight saving time has actually been linked to a myriad of health issues, including the disruption of sleep, an increase in the risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as an increased risk of car crashes.
In addition to these health implications, "springing forward" has also coincided with more stock market losses, lower test scores, as well as an increase in workplace injury and suicide rates, studies have found.
If you dislike the twice-a-year time shifts, you're not alone. According to a new poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, seven in 10 Americans don't agree with the changes.
Many states have been attempting to eradicate the time shift and have proposed bills to come up with a standard time. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 46 bills have been enacted in 26 states in 2019 on the issue of time change, asking to make permanent standard time or daylight saving time.
Every US state, with the exception of Arizona and Hawaii, will be turning their clocks back this weekend, but there are many states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington -- who have approved legislation to make daylight saving time permanent, although they'll still need approval from the federal government.
Meanwhile, other states, California, Alaska and Texas to name a few, have started the legislation process. In California, 60 percent of voters opted to make a permanent change to daylight saving time in the 2018 election.