A joint effort by the New York State Assembly and Senate is working to set up a task force to study the possible effects of opting out of daylight saving time.
The task force would:
- Evaluate the potential health risks associated with daylight saving time
- Identify the potential effects on morning activities
- Establish whether changing the clocks twice a year is economically and/or socially disruptive
- Look at the potential effects of daylight saving time on traffic and crime
- Decide whether it provides a benefit to the state
- Examine the history of daylight saving time
- Evaluate the positions and potential legislation from neighboring states and the federal government on daylight saving time
Many who are in favor of no longer changing the clocks are also in favor of keeping the clocks permanently set to daylight saving time. In order to do that, the federal government must be on board.
That’s why many New England states are considering changing time zones altogether to Atlantic Time, which isn’t as difficult.
But there could be transportation, television scheduling and economic issues if neighboring states don’t do the same.