Draft Legislation to Opt Any State Out of Daylight Saving Time
This suggested draft may be adopted or amended freely by lawmakers to exempt any state from DST and restore permanent Standard Time, as is federally pre-approved and best for health, safety, education, economy, environment, and civil liberty.
BILL TO OPT OUT OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
An act to amend the Government Code in relation to the state’s computation of time; to provide the state to observe the Standard Time of the United States at all times; to exempt the state from advancement of clocks to Daylight Saving Time; to provide an effective date; to repeal any conflicting laws; to urge neighboring states to enact corresponding law; and to declare urgency.
WHEREAS Standard Time as currently defined by federal law approximates natural solar time;
WHEREAS changing clocks each year to Daylight Saving Time is unhealthy, unsafe, unpopular, and disruptive to education and to the economy;
WHEREAS the consensus of doctors, scientists, and experts in biology, neurology, endocrinology, psychology, immunology, and other medical fields, and the consensus of teachers and children’s advocates, is that only permanent Standard Time provides the best and most practical conditions for the public’s sleep quality, physical health, mental well-being, roadway safety, workplace safety, workplace productivity, and learning capabilities;
WHEREAS history shows that only permanent Standard Time provides the most sustainable conditions for the broadest public support;
WHEREAS federal law permits states to exempt themselves from Daylight Saving Time;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED, that:
The state, and all political subdivisions thereof, shall at all times observe the Standard Time of the United States, as provided by the Uniform Time Act of 1966 (15 USC §§260–267) [OPTIONAL: SPECIFY APPLICABLE ZONE(S): Coordinated Universal Time minus 5 hours (75th meridian of longitude west of Greenwich) for Eastern Standard Time, 6 hours (90th meridian) for Central, 7 hours (105th meridian) for Mountain, 8 hours (120th meridian) for Pacific, 9 hours (135th meridian) for Alaska];
The state, and all political subdivisions thereof, shall be exempt from the advancement of time as provided by the Uniform Time Act of 1966 (15 USC §260a);
This act shall take effect on January 1 of the year following its enactment [ALTERNATIVELY: This act shall take effect on January 1 of the year following enactment of legislation to opt out of Daylight Saving Time in the states of LIST NEIGHBORS HERE];
All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this act shall be repealed;
And the state shall urge its neighboring states to enact corresponding law as soon as possible;
This act is an urgency statute necessary for the preservation of public peace, health, and safety within the meaning of the state Constitution. Facts constituting necessity are as listed above.