(SACRAMENTO) – AB 385 by Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D – San José), which would place on the ballot whether or not to keep Daylight Saving Time (DST) as it currently exists or switch to year round Standard Time, passed the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee by a vote of 9-2. AB 385 now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
In 1949, California voters approved Proposition 12, which adopted DST in the spring and summer months. Daylight Saving Time was touted as a way to save fuel as people would need to use less energy in the evening since it would get darker later during the summer months. However, in the modern world we live in, the fuel and electricity savings of the time switch really do not materialize.