A Bill in Illinois Proposes Daylight Saving Time to Become Permanent in the State
Daylight Saving Time is the biannual tradition where time springs forward and falls back. It started decades ago in which it focused on saving energy; however, studies have found that it causes some adverse effects.
According to Sue Scherer, a State Representative, she has heard from many different people, including the students at schools she visited, parents, and the elderly. All age groups and working groups told her that they hate going through the time change.
As such, Scherer introduced a bill that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent in the state, making it the new standard. She believes that changing the clock twice a year is terrible for people’s health and the economy.
Scherer stated that research shows that the U.S. spends more than 430 million dollars to change the time twice a year. “In the olden days, we didn’t have the capabilities to do all this research and figure out how harmful and detrimental it was. We know better now,” she added.
Another research from the Journal of Current Biology clearly shows that car accidents have increased almost up to 10%. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine said that people are more prone to heart attacks since their sleep patterns are disturbed, and there have been higher rates of depression.
Like similar bills, Scherer’s bill is still waiting until the state goes into session in January next year. She will then request to move it to a specific committee, and until then, it will be the standard process for a bill.