Prop 7 –Permanent Daylight Saving Time Measure -I’m voting NO
Current Federal Law allows states 2 choices: (1) Change the time between Standard and Daylight time in spring and fall, or (2) Permanent Standard Time. California and Florida have in the past (2016, 2018) requested permission from the US govt to have permanent Daylight Saving Time, but that permission wasn’t granted.
Even if federal law changed to allow permanent DST, CA would still need a ballot initiative to change its time system, since the current CA time system was set up by an initiative (in 1949) and can only be changed by an initiative.
So this initiative, Prop 7, says: Allow the CA Legislature to enact permanent DST if that ever becomes legal under US Law.
Supporters argue that changing the clocks is a hassle and causes health problems.
Opponents argue that it would be dark at 8 am in many parts of the state with DST in the winter, that coordinating time with other states would get complicated, and that Federal Law isn’t going to change anyway.
I’m on the opponents side. Here’s a good video that I think debunks the health effects argument.