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Proposition 7

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Conforms California Daylight Savings Time to Federal Law. Allows Legislature to Change Daylight Savings Time Period

legislative statute

Official Summary

Establishes the time zone designated by federal law as "Pacific standard time" as the standard time within California.

Provides that California daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November, consistent with current federal law.

Permits the Legislature by two-thirds vote to make future changes to California's daylight saving time period, including for its year-round application, if changes are consistent with federal law.

Fiscal Impact: This measure has no direct fiscal effect because changes to daylight saving time would depend on future actions by the Legislature and potentially the federal government.

Notes

Lays the groundwork for the California legislature to be able to change from cycling between Pacific Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time to permanently being on Pacific Standard Time (or permanently on Daylight Savings Time), similar to Arizona and Hawaii. If, after this passes, the legislature decided to have California stop cycling between Standard Time and Daylight Savings Time, they could do so, within the parameters of Federal law, with a 2/3 vote.