A group of Iowa Legislators is pressing to make “Daylight Savings Time” permanent, year-round, rather than a spring through fall thing. Senator Jeff Angelo of Creston says there’s all sorts of research which supports the move. Angelo says having more daylight during “active hours” in the afternoon would help conserve energy, and people are more inclined to shop after work if it’s still daylight. Angelo says making the twice-a-year switches between standard and daylight savings time causes trouble. Angelo found research showing an increase in crime rates and traffic accidents after the time change, resulting from the change in our equilibrium. Angelo acknowledges his idea isn’t supported by everybody. The Iowa Senate has passed a resolution urging the U-S Congress to make “Daylight Savings Time” permanent. Angelo sponsored the resolution because of the work of an 8th grade class in Creston. “Daylight Savings Time” begins this weekend, when Saturday turns into Sunday. The concept was first advanced in 1784 by Benjamin Franklin. The U-S observed “Daylight Savings Time” to conserve energy during World War I and II. In 1966, Congress passed the “uniform time zone act”, setting in motion the changing from standard to daylight savings time twice a year.
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