Bill introduced to end “spring forward, fall back” time changes

A new bill was introduced in the Minnesota legislature that would end the end of daylight saving in the state.

Mike Freiberg, a DFLer from Golden Valley, has sponsored a measure that would use advanced standard time, or summer hours, year round.

“The main thing is to get rid of the time change,” Freiberg told the House State Government Finance and Elections Committee Thursday.

Current federal law says states can remain on standard time, lighter in the early mornings and darker in the early evenings, year-round, but not the opposite as this bill proposes.

The bill would not cost the state anything financially, but would be contingent on a change in federal law.

“The research I’ve done, the sense I have, is people support the permanent daylight saving time approach,” he said. Freiberg noted this is the trend of bills introduced in or enacted in other states.

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