Connect with us

Local news

Kemp signs permanent daylight saving time bill into law in Georgia



ATLANTA, Ga. — Gov. Brian Kemp has signed a bill for Georgia to switch to daylight saving time permanently.

But it’s not likely that our yearly time changes will stop any time soon.

Kemp signed Senate Bill 100 on Wednesday after it passed in the General Assembly last month.

Lawmakers argue safety is one of the big reasons to stop switching time back and forth.

Cherokee County Rep. Wes Cantrell-R, who sponsored the bill, said the move could make for fewer car accidents and curb crime.

“Criminals like the cloak of darkness, so they have one less hour in the evening to commit their crimes,” Cantrell said.

It would still require an act of Congress to allow states to drop the time change permanently. Current federal law prohibits states from observing daylight saving time year-round.

Kemp did not comment on the new legislation.