Daylight Saving

Permanent switch to Daylight Saving Time among new laws signed by Kemp

Permanent switch to Daylight Saving Time among new laws signed by Kemp

Gov. Brian Kemp has signed into law several bills on taxes, time change and teacher retention that the General Assembly passed in the 2021 legislative session. Among the more high-profile measures Kemp signed at a ceremony in Savannah Wednesday is an income-tax credit to recruit and retain teachers for high-need subjects in underserved Georgia public schools. Sponsored by Rep. Dave Belton, R-Buckhead, the measure allows teachers in 100 rural or low-performing schools picked annually by the state to apply for a $3,000 credit on their income taxes for up to five years if they teach certain subjects that students struggle to learn.…
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Should Georgia use daylight or standard time?

Should Georgia use daylight or standard time?

The Georgia House of Representatives and state Senate are at loggerheads over how Georgians should tell time. The House passed legislation last Friday calling for the Peach State to observe daylight saving time all year. That followed action the Senate took the week before to put Georgia on standard time permanently. The one thing both chambers agree on is that the state should stop switching from standard time to daylight every March and back again to standard each November. “There are some really serious health and safety reasons for eliminating time change,” Rep. Wes Cantrell, R-Woodstock, told his House colleagues…
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Should Georgia switch to Standard or Daylight Saving Time permanently?

Should Georgia switch to Standard or Daylight Saving Time permanently?

Georgia would observe standard time all year long under legislation that cleared a state Senate committee Wednesday. Senate Bill 100 would do away with the current practice of switching back and forth between standard time and daylight saving time every six months. “Most people want to stay on the same time all year,” Sen. Ben Watson, R-Savannah, the bill’s chief sponsor, told members of the Senate Government Oversight Committee. Watson cited studies that point to an increase in heart attacks during the two weeks in spring following the switch from standard to daylight time. On the other hand, judges have…
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Should Georgia switch to daylight saving time year-round?

Should Georgia switch to daylight saving time year-round?

Georgia would observe daylight saving time all year long subject to congressional approval under legislation that cleared a committee in the state House of Representatives Thursday. Switching every six months between daylight and standard time disrupts sleep patterns and has been shown to increase the number of heart attacks, car crashes and workplace injuries, Rep. Wes Cantrell, R-Woodstock, the bill’s sponsor told members of the State Planning & Community Affairs Committee. “Our bodies are built to adjust slowly to the amount of daylight,” he said. “The vast majority of people want time change to stop.” Cantrell introduced three bills on…
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Should Georgia stop switching between daylight saving and standard time?

Should Georgia stop switching between daylight saving and standard time?

ATLANTA – Georgia Sen. Ben Watson doesn’t care whether the Peach State observes standard time all year or daylight saving time. Watson, R-Savannah, a physician, just wants Georgians to pick one or the other because studies show switching back and forth every six months causes heart disease and sleeping disorders. “I prefer either way,” he said. “Let’s quit changing it.” Watson pre-filed two bills this month, one calling for a nonbinding advisory referendum asking Georgians whether they would rather the state observe standard time all year, daylight saving time all year, or whether they would rather continue switching between the…
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