No more Daylight Saving Time? Michigan representative wants to end it

Rep. Peter Lucido wants Michigan to remain in saylight saving time year-round

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. - The House Commerce and Trade Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on his legislation to eliminate the twice-yearly time change in Michigan, Rep. Peter Lucido announced Thursday.

"It’s about time," Lucido said. "The dreaded time change has bothered me for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been working to eliminate it ever since the voters sent me to the Capitol. I’m extremely pleased to see my bill finally gain some traction with my colleagues in the House, and I’m looking forward to hearing how they feel about it on Tuesday."

The second-term Shelby Township legislator said the twice-a-year time changes are disruptive, making employees late to work and negatively affecting how students perform at school.

Rather than end daylight saving time, however, Lucido wants Michigan to remain in it all the time.

Lucido said numerous studies have shown harmful health repercussions because of changing the clocks twice a year. Reports have shown increases in heart attacks, seizures, strokes and on-the-job injuries because of time changes, he said.

He cited a 2014 study by the American College of Cardiology that showed a 25 percent jump in heart attacks on the Monday after moving the clocks, compared to other Mondays during the year.

"I’ve talked to people all across our state, and what people hate the most is changing back and forth," Lucido said. "It hurts their performance at work and school and, as studies have shown, it’s harmful to their health. The majority of people I’ve spoken with want us to stay in daylight saving time all year, so that’s the direction this state overwhelmingly favors. My legislation eliminates this clock-changing foolishness while giving us the added benefit of having more hours of sunlight in the evening."

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