What it would do:

Repeal the the 1949 law that created Daylight Savings Time. If passed, the Legislature would then be able to pass a law with a two-thirds majority finally nixing the biannual tradition of moving clocks backward and forward every spring and fall. That is, assuming the federal government let’s us get away with it.

What it would cost the government:

Not much. Messing with our clock could affect energy consumption and worker productivity, but it’s not clear how or by how much.

Why it is on the ballot:

Democratic Assemblyman Kansen Chu of San Jose carried a bill the Legislature passed to place the measure on the ballot. Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing statement declared “Fiat Lux!”—the motto of his alma mater UC Berkeley. It’s Latin for “Let there be light.”

Arguments

Arguments in Favor:

Resetting our clocks every year is antiquated, annoying, and bad for our health. Canning this tired tradition would improve the quality of our sleep and allow us to enjoy some extra afternoon daylight between November and March.

Arguments Against:

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Daylight savings time may be a little annoying, but being on separate clock from the rest of the country half of the time is liable to be even more inconvenient. Plus, more dark mornings in the dead of winter would likely lead to more traffic accidents in the hours when children are going to school and adults are on their way to work.

Supporters/Opponents

Supporters

California Democratic Party

Democratic Assemblyman Kansen Chu

Opponents

Sacramento Bee editorial board

Democratic State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson

Republican State Sen. Jim Nielsen

Mercury News and East Bay Times editorial boards

Data

Prop. 7 Campaign Contributions

Going Deeper

Editorial

It’s a waste of time for California to scrap daylight saving time

Commentary

Why California needs three time zones all its own