Daylight Saving Time may be a thing of the past in Louisiana if some legislators get their way.
Rep. Mark Wright of Covington presented a proposal to the House Commerce Committee this week that would create a task force to study the impacts of Daylight Saving Time, according to WAFB.
That proposal was passed favorably to the House floor. Wright and the proposal’s author, Rep. Julie Stokes, feel the change in hours is unhealthy and can even lead to injury.
“Car accidents, production accidents with equipment and things like that, there’s talk about significant mental effects for the week or two after,” Wright said. “Circadian rhythms in sleep are a big deal.”
The practice was started for a number of reasons, one of which was saving power. Currently, only two U.S. states — Arizona and Hawaii — do not observe Daylight Saving Time.
According to Wright, Louisiana could exempt itself from the changes and decide on a standard time year round. But first, they want to put together a task force to study the impacts and then pursue legislation in 2019.
Wright said Louisiana could fall back an hour and stay on that time year-round. This is what Arizona and Hawaii do. Or, the state could stay on Daylight Saving Time (the current time) year-round.