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Lawmakers pushing to end daylight saving time changes for public health

Lawmakers pushing to end daylight saving time changes for public health
Posted at 11:24 AM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 12:02:39-05

The clocks will spring ahead again next month and many lawmakers across the country are pushing for them to stay there.

Adjusting to daylight saving time has been blamed for spikes in heart attacks and car accidents as people get used to a new sleep schedule.

A survey from the Associated Press shows that 70 percent of Americans want to put an end to switching the clocks.

So far, a handful of states have passed bills to make daylight saving time permanent: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington, USA Today reports. However, the states still need approval from the federal government to enact the change.

In the past, President Donald Trump has tweeted his support for making daylight saving time permanent. Congress would still have to approve a measure to make it a nationwide rule.

This story was originally published by staff at WXYZ.