NY lawmakers push to eliminate daylight saving time

March 07, 2018 07:53 AM

In just a few days you'll have to set your clocks ahead one hour for daylight saving time.

Now some lawmakers, including some in New York, are trying to change this.


Daylight saving time was first enacted by the federal government during World War I to save energy. The idea is that with more daylight hours you will use less artificial light, and you also lose sleep.

The loss of sleep is prompting three upstate New York lawmakers to push a bill to eliminate daylight saving time. According to the bill, Americans lose around 40 minutes of sleep on the night after the time changes.

Some experts say costs the economy more than $400 million dollars every year in lost productivity. 

Even though you'll get less sleep, there are many people opposing eliminating daylight saving time in the state.

Some lawmakers say it would cause confusion in New York City. People from neighboring states like Connecticut and New Jersey frequently use trains to commute to and from work. If those states don't also change, train schedules could be a mess. 

We put up a poll on Facebook and asked should we end daylight saving time or keep it. You can see the results and weigh in below.

No matter how you feel about the time change, we spring forward Sunday at 2 a.m.


Kaci Jones

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