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house Bill H.R. 1601

Should States Get to Decide How to Handle Daylight Saving Time?

Argument in favor

States should be able to set their own daylight saving time policies based on their residents’ needs if they want to do so.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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03/08/2020
Up until now the National Government has been unwilling to do anything about this highly unpopular and unhealthy program. They have been perfectly willing to let the states piecemeal it together so we already have a patchwork quilt of time zones. For you always screaming states rights this is how it would be for even more important things.
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KyleCorley's Opinion
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03/08/2020
Yes states should decide if the federal government is not going to make the decision. Where is the evidence that changing the clocks help? The evidence that I have seen is that it actually is worse for the individual.
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Esther's Opinion
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03/08/2020
I hate daylight saving time. There’s no necessity for it.
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Argument opposed

Allowing states to make their own policies on daylight saving time was a disaster after WWII, and it shouldn’t be repeated now.

Waitingtill18's Opinion
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03/08/2020
If we get rid of daylight savings, it needs to be on the national level. Certain states not doing it will create confusion and add difficultyi
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Lisa's Opinion
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03/08/2020
Either everyone goes with standard time, or everyone leaves it as is. It’s too complex to go state by state.
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Glowurm's Opinion
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03/08/2020
No. How confusing would that be? Just stop it across the country. Enough already. Leave it so there’s more light in the mornings and be done with it. Who’s idea was this anyway? Not needed these days... Right on, MoonRiver! 👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻👍🏻😊. My sentiments, exactly, Kodiwodi! Let there be more daylight in the morning. The kids, need more daylight in the morning than in the evening. Hope your husband is doing better. 🙏🏻❤️
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    Up until now the National Government has been unwilling to do anything about this highly unpopular and unhealthy program. They have been perfectly willing to let the states piecemeal it together so we already have a patchwork quilt of time zones. For you always screaming states rights this is how it would be for even more important things.
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    If we get rid of daylight savings, it needs to be on the national level. Certain states not doing it will create confusion and add difficultyi
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    Either everyone goes with standard time, or everyone leaves it as is. It’s too complex to go state by state.
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    No. How confusing would that be? Just stop it across the country. Enough already. Leave it so there’s more light in the mornings and be done with it. Who’s idea was this anyway? Not needed these days... Right on, MoonRiver! 👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻👍🏻😊. My sentiments, exactly, Kodiwodi! Let there be more daylight in the morning. The kids, need more daylight in the morning than in the evening. Hope your husband is doing better. 🙏🏻❤️
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    This has been tried before with disastrous commercial, economic, and health consequences. The health consequences of shifting back and forth from daylight to standard time continue. I’m sure someone will politicize this and make it a state’s rights issue when it absolutely is not. A permanent shift needs to be made, but why to daylight time? From an article in the AP: “Circadian biologists believe ill health effects from daylight saving time result from a mismatch among the sun “clock,” our social clock — work and school schedules — and the body’s internal 24-hour body clock. Ticking away at the molecular level, the biological clock is entrained — or set — by exposure to sunlight and darkness. It regulates bodily functions such as metabolism, blood pressure and hormones that promote sleep and alertness. Disruptions to the body clock have been linked with obesity, depression, diabetes, heart problems and other conditions. Circadian biologists say these disruptions include tinkering with standard time by moving the clock ahead one hour in the spring. A mismatch of one hour daily is enough for ill effects, especially if it lasts for several months, according to Till Roenneberg, a circadian rhythm specialist at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany.” We need to do away with the time shifts, but for our own health the permanent solution needs to be staying on standard time.
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    No, States should not decide their own Daylight Savings Policy. That would cause all sorts of difficulties with meetings, contacting out of state relatives or businesses and, well, just a whole lot of useless wasted time and effort. I do not mind Daylight Savings Time personally, I think it is good to have young kids come and go to school in daylight and I enjoy the later DST afternoons. China, the whole country, was and I believe still is all considered in to be in the same time zone; putting folks in 4 or 5 hours different ‘solar’ times- and I would not care for that level of simplification here. Either we should have or should not have DST across the entire country - it should have nothing to do with what the States or Cities or individuals want, if we are to remain a civil society and not devolve into bands of Hunter-Gatherer nomads. … … … As far as the circadian arguments, there are a couple of issues that need consideration. First, any two people at opposite ends of the same time zone are by definition, out of synch by one hour in solar ‘circadian’ time. People on the Eastern edge of a time zone have daylight an hour earlier than people on Western edge of the same time zone; what may be ‘best’ on the Eastern edge may not be what is ‘best’ on the Western edge and the overall ‘best’ is somewhere in between. Secondly, since I am retired and on no fixed schedule - I find myself waking up and going to bed earlier as Spring rolls in, the hour change for daylight savings time fits very well with how I am naturally changing my sleep cycle anyway- so, to me anyway, it fits the circadian rhythm concept. For those with fixed work schedules however, I can see DST being disruptive.
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    Too confusing for business & travel!
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    Gods no. Chaos unending. Just get rid of DST all together.
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    Ordinarily, I would disagree, but this does affect interstate commerce, and thus should be something that should be at the National Level.
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    Just get rid of it all together.
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    Just pick a time nationwide & stick with it!
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    Turning the Daylight saving time into a hodge podge just increases confusion. We soyld just do away with the time switch all together.
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    Unfortunately, this would be exceedingly confusing. If it is to be ended, it should be on a national level.
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    Just leave it like it is. If you have states all doing different things it will be impossible to keep track of standard time zones which when there is interstate commerce and business, consistency is needed. As it stands now, states have the ability to conduct business with equal advantage for all states considering the day light hours and sunrise/sunset. If it changes, it will be disadvantageous you many localities.
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    It would create chaos like the deranged person in the White House !
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    I’m tired of this “and sometimes Arizona” crap. You’d think a country as advanced as the United States could at least have it together enough that we all know what time it is, but no. We have to play games. Let’s either have DST or not have it; but let’s all have the same rules. Last fall I couldn’t check into my hotel room in Arizona because I got there a half hour too late. I thought I was a half hour early. MAD??!!
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    Really! Changing time twice per year is antiquated. Pick a "standard" time for a region, stick to it, and INCLUDE the entire state in any region. (There are eleven states, each with different times zones in in them; weird when the neighbor across the street is in a different time zone. I currently live in Arizona, which is the ONLY state where the time does NOT change (half the year we’re Mountain and the other half Pacific.) I work from home on a team with members in several of the eleven US time zones. Therefore, throughout the year, Eastern time is either two or three hours ahead, Central is either one or two hours ahead, Mountain time is either the same or one hour earlier, and Pacific time is either the same or one hour later. It can get confusing.
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    Everyone should be on the same time sequence but Daylight Savings Time should be discontinued. It has been linked to a host of mental and physical health issues. It can put people at greater risk for cardiovascular conditions and is the reason why some individuals experience seasonal affective disorder. Although it was invented to save energy, we actually use more electricity once DST starts.
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    Yes states should decide if the federal government is not going to make the decision. Where is the evidence that changing the clocks help? The evidence that I have seen is that it actually is worse for the individual.
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    No. Get Rid of daylight savings time . In the winter (JimK) kids would be going to school in the DARK FOR 3 MONTHS. As a teacher & a parent & grandparent I worry every time kids have to walk or wait in the dark for a bus. 37 kids went missing from one state last month. There is no safe place for little kids anymore. Daylight Savings Time is not needed as it was for farmers to have more light to work. Getting up earlier will work just the same. Changing time is hard in people. Many more heart attacks happen on change time Daylight Savings Time. Getting kids to bed when it’s still light at 9:00 pm and that’s hard in learning, teachers & parents. It makes no sense anymore.
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