Clock ticking on daylight saving time

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As we head into the first week of daylight saving time, several states are considering or have considered doing away with the practice. 

Dozens of states have bills proposing changes to daylight saving, and some, such as Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas have bills in progress right now to opt out. 

Most of Arizona, Hawaii, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands don’t change their clocks.

Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, both Republicans from Florida, along with Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Florida), recently re-introduced the Sunshine Protection Act, which would make daylight saving time permanent across the United States.

It is the second time Rubio introduced the act, which reflects the decision by the Florida state legislature last year to enact year-round daylight saving time. Florida’s legislation cannot take effect, however, without a change in the federal statute.

Until the issue is worked out in Statehouses across the nation and in Congress, Most Americans will continue to deal with the yearly reset of our clocks. For many, that crucial hour of sleep lost in when we “spring forward” can have long-term effects. 

Doctor Mike Sevilla with Salem Family Practice said sleep deprivation is linked to an increased risk in heart attacks and strokes during the Monday and Tuesday after the time change. 

“A lot of people out there are already sleep deprived, so there can definitely be some health effects to that, and it’s not on the Sunday you change your clocks, it is usually the Monday and Tuesday when people go back to work,” Sevilla said. 

Triple-A is urging drivers to make sure you’re fully awake before you get behind the wheel as there a large increase in accidents, too, following the time change. 

Daylight saving started during World War I to help conserve coal.

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