BILL WOULD STOP SPRINGING CLOCKS FORWARD
Zeke Fuhrman | Mar 12, 2019 AT 11:58 am
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(KNSI) - We're in daylight saving time and if one area lawmaker has her way, we wouldn't be flipping the clocks much longer.
Republican State Senator Mary Kiffmeyer, of Big Lake, told KNSI-St. Cloud's Dan "The Ox" Ochsner about a bill she's authored to have Minnesota remain on standard time.
"Quit messing with our circadian rhythm, our own individual body rhythms’ twice a year, whatever we have we will learn to adjust."
She says that statistics show an increased rate of heart attack and stroke after the clocks are changed for daylight saving along, with more work accidents and car accidents.
The bill will get its first committee hearing Tuesday and Representative Kiffmeyer says the old thinking that the change saves money, doesn’t hold water.
"If you start an hour later, you need more electricity in the morning, if you have daylight longer you use less electricity in the afternoon, they're a wash, that's immaterial to any decision anymore."
Her bill would have the state use standard time all year long, which is the time we will be on when we fall back in November.
If approved we would remain on standard time.
A bill introduced at the Federal level could make the current daylight-saving time the new standard time.
If both bills were to pass, Minnesota's clocks would remain where they are now, permanently.