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In Trenton, there is a bill advancing which proposes New Jersey should stay sunnier longer. The problem is that the federal law doesn’t allow it.

News 12 Staff

Nov 18, 2021, 11:16 AM

Updated 942 days ago

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In Trenton, there is a bill advancing which proposes New Jersey should stay sunnier longer. The problem is that the federal law doesn’t allow it.  
States can only remain on standard time year-round. If the bill passes, nothing could happen until the federal government amends the law.  
The Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Sen. Shirley Turner that would establish permanent Daylight Saving Time in New Jersey. 
The bill, S-420, would require the state of New Jersey to permanently observe Daylight Saving Time by remaining on Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) year-round once the federal government amends the federal law. 
"Daylight saving time recently ended and while we gained an hour of sleep, it is dark outside just as the workday is ending," says Sen. Turner.  
Studies have shown that the biannual change between Eastern Standard Time and Eastern Daylight Time is disruptive to commerce, daily schedules, and the safety and health of individuals.  
The federal "Uniform Time Act of 1966" prohibits states from observing daylight saving time year-round.  
The bill was released from committee by a vote of 4-1.  


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