The state of Ohio is considering nixing the yearly back-and-forth by observing Daylight Saving Time year-round.
State Senators Kristina Roegner and Bob Peterson introduced a bill that would declare that Ohio no longer needs to change their clocks.
Under this bill, clocks will remain on Daylight Saving Time year round. All clocks in public buildings will be set and never changed, according to the bill.
If the bill passes, it would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
A memo about the bill said the biannual time change has been connected with a number of disadvantages and issues, including a study that found that "springing forward" and "falling back" are associated with an increase in fatal automobile accidents. Another study found that the time change negatively affects workplace productivity, with researchers concluding: “schedule changes, such as those involved in switches to and from Daylight Saving time, place employees in clear and present danger.”
Another study found that the original reason for taking up Daylight Saving Time during World War I, to use less artificial lighting and save fuel, no longer holds true. The study found that when Indiana adopted DST in 2006, their measure actually increased energy use.
Read the legislators' memo about the bill here:
Read the actual legislation proposing a permanent move to DST here: