COLUMBUS—State Senators Bob Peterson
(R-Washington Court House) and Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) today testified
before the General Government and Agency Review Committee on Senate Bill 119, which would exempt Ohio from the federal requirement to change between Daylight Savings Time and Standard Time.
Provisions of the bill will require Ohio to remain in Daylight Savings Time all year around. Traditionally, Daylight savings time is only adhered to from 2AM on the second Sunday of March until 2AM on the first Sunday of November each year.
"This is an important discussion to have given how modern technology has changed the way we live our lives today, as well as the fact nobody enjoys the "spring forward" and losing an hour of sleep," said Peterson.
DST was first instituted in the United States during World War I. The rationale was to extend daylight working hours in order to use less artificial light and save fuel for the war effort. However, one of the effects of technological advancements over the years has been reduced power consumption by ever-more-efficient artificial lighting. In fact, some studies
have found the time change to actually increase energy use.
"Ohio's 'Sunshine Protection Act,' would provide daylight later in the day all year long and eliminate the generally loathed switching of the clocks twice a year," stated Roegner, joint-sponsor of the legislation. "As I heard once, clocks are meant to go around and around—not jump back and forth."
During today's testimony, Peterson cited a number of considerations and safety concerns with the current system, including endangering the lives of drivers and passengers due to sleep deprivation.
If passed by the House and signed by Governor DeWine, the bill would go into effect on March 8, 2020.
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