A Georgia lawmaker has pre-filed two bills for the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly regarding changing clock in the spring and fall. Senator Ben Watson, a Republican from Savannah, wants voters to decide if they want to stay on standard time or daylight savings time – all year long.
Watson has called for a non-binding referendum asking Georgians whether they would rather the state observe standard time all year, daylight saving time all year, or whether they would rather continue switching between the two.
Under the other measure, Georgia would observe standard time all year, bypassing a referendum.
A third bill pre-filed this month by state Rep. Wes Cantrell, R-Woodstock, calls for observing daylight saving time all year.
Last year, the Georgia Senate passed Watson’s bill for a non-binding referendum, but the issue died in the Georgia House after the General Assembly shut down for three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Only two states – Hawaii and Arizona – remain on standard time all year, as do the overseas U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Any state wishing to observe daylight time all year must seek congressional approval.
“My gut is most people would like to go to daylight time all the time,” Watson said. “It may be better to put it on the ballot and see if we can get some consensus.”