The Delaware State Senate has passed legislation to end the practice of Daylight Saving Time in the first state.
Introduced in April, Senate Bill 73 would add Delaware to a growing list of states that are searching for a way out of the process of switching on and off of daylight saving time. Senate President Pro Temp David McBride, a Democrat said “This might seem like a trivial effort to some, but there is a growing body of evidence that these clock changes are contributing to some serious health risks, including spikes in heart attacks, strokes and pedestrian fatalities.”
Nearly half of the nation’s legislators are considering bills to end the block changing, with states like Washington and Florida hoping the United States Congress will wade in to resolve the issue. The 1966 “Uniform Time Act” stated that states can legally exempt themselves from daylight saving time, but states cannot opt to go with daylight saving time year round.
McBride continued “The goal here is not to put Delaware in a separate time zone on it’s own. What we really want to do is let the elected officials in Washington, D.C. know what we are fed up with darkness before 6 p.m. We are sick of literally losing sleep. And the time has come to do something about it.” Senate Bill 73 will now go to the State House for final consideration.