LANSING (WJRT) (3/7/2019) - Spring forward and fall back could be history under a bill introduced into the Michigan House of Representatives on Thursday.
State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton is hoping to eliminate time changes twice a year and keep Michigan on Eastern Standard Time year-round. So when other states Spring Forward in March, Michigan would stay the same.
“Time change has been a nuisance to workers and students across Michigan for decades,” Hoitenga said. “The practice is antiquated and impractical and it’s time we put an end to it – pun intended.”
Spring Forward happens at 2 a.m. Saturday, so when the clock reaches that time it will skip forward one hour to 3 a.m. That means everyone in Michigan loses an hour.
Hoitenga believes time changes negatively affect the performance of students across the state and make it more difficult for workers to arrive at their jobs on time while they adjust.
She also pointed out harmful health effects caused by time changes, including increases in heart attacks, seizures, strokes and on-the-job injuries.
“It’s my job to represent the interests of the people, and the people have expressed their hatred for changing the time back and forth,” Hoitenga said. “We should eliminate the burden of acclimating ourselves to a time change twice a year.”
House Bill 4303 was referred to the House Commerce and Tourism Committee.