Daylight Savings Time Forever Plan Clears Iowa House

DES MOINES, IA – This will be the Sunday to “spring ahead” for Daylight Saving Time and a legislator who’s a vocal critic of flipping the clock twice a year has won another round of voting in the Iowa House. For this year’s effort, Representative Mike Sexton of Rockwell City started out by reading passages from a medical journal.

“An abundance of accumulated medical evidence indicates that the acute transition from Standard Time to Daylight Savings Time incurs significant public health and safety risks,'” Sexton read, “‘including increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events, mood disorders, motor vehicle crashes.'” Sexton’s bill to stay on Daylight Saving Time passed the House 82-13, but the move can only happen if congress votes to allow it. Nineteen other states have passed similar bills. Sexton has been trying for the past few years to get a bill on the topic through the Iowa legislature.

“The week that follows the time we change in the clock, we have accidents at work,” Sexton says, “teachers have student problems in their classrooms.” Time in the United States was generally measured by the position of the sun or a prominent clock in a community until 1883. That’s when the railroads introduced “Standard Time” to keep time consistent in zones of the country. Daylight Saving Time was implemented during World War I as a way to conserve fuel.