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The sun can be set to summer time because several states are moving to opt-out

The country runs to summer time early Sunday morning, when most Americans will move their watches forward by one hour. But some states are moving to join Hawaii and most of Arizona to opt out of a system founded more than 100 years ago. California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin are among the states that talk about staying on standard time permanently. Summertime was created during the First World War to reduce the energy used for light and help save energy supplies to help the war effort. But the actual impact on the total energy use is strong. In November, California voters passed Proposition 7 with a margin of 60-40 percent, paving the way for the whole summer's summer time. The proposal still needs a change in federal law and a two-thirds vote from the state legislature to enter into force, CBS Sacramento reports. Assembly Bill 7, proposed in December, has not yet been submitted by legislators, it has been referred to a committee. Supporters pointed to a study showing an increased risk of car accidents and heart attack after the spring change due to the loss of one hour of sleep. Opponents of the bill argued that even though California voters and lawmakers approve years-around summer time, getting the federal government's approval is too high, given the state's tense relationship with Washington. They also say that the switch will cause its own headache. If California goes to summer all year round, the sun will not rise until 8am during…

The country runs to summer time early Sunday morning, when most Americans will move their watches forward by one hour. But some states are moving to join Hawaii and most of Arizona to opt out of a system founded more than 100 years ago.

California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin are among the states that talk about staying on standard time permanently.

Summertime was created during the First World War to reduce the energy used for light and help save energy supplies to help the war effort. But the actual impact on the total energy use is strong.

In November, California voters passed Proposition 7 with a margin of 60-40 percent, paving the way for the whole summer’s summer time.

The proposal still needs a change in federal law and a two-thirds vote from the state legislature to enter into force, CBS Sacramento reports. Assembly Bill 7, proposed in December, has not yet been submitted by legislators, it has been referred to a committee.

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Supporters pointed to a study showing an increased risk of car accidents and heart attack after the spring change due to the loss of one hour of sleep.

Opponents of the bill argued that even though California voters and lawmakers approve years-around summer time, getting the federal government’s approval is too high, given the state’s tense relationship with Washington.

They also say that the switch will cause its own headache. If California goes to summer all year round, the sun will not rise until 8am during some winter months, forcing children to go to school or buses in the dark and likely lead to increased car and pedestrian accidents.

Other states like New Mexico, Maine, Massachusetts and Florida, are considering proposals to stay on summer time permanently. But while states can choose to liberate themselves from summer time, nothing in federal law allows them to liberate themselves from standard time.

Meanwhile, this year’s shift from standard to summertime officially starts at 2:00 am local time Sunday March 10 over most of the United States

No time change is observed in Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Standard time returns November 3.

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