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Proposition 7 – Daylight Saving Time

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General Election, November 06, 2018


Federal law requires the standard time of each time zone to advance by one hour from early March to early November – a period known as Daylight Saving Time.  During this time, sunrise and sunset occurs one hour later than normal.  Currently, federal law does not allow states to adopt year-round Daylight Saving Time.  However, federal law allows states to opt-out of Daylight Saving Time and remain on standard time all year, as is currently the case in Arizona and Hawaii.

In 1949, California voters approved an initiative measure which established Daylight Saving Time in California (early March to early November).

Proposition 7 allows the Legislature, by a two-thirds vote, to change Daylight Saving Time (such as by remaining on Daylight Saving Time year-round), as long as the change is allowed under federal law.

A YES vote on Proposition 7 means the Legislature, with a two-thirds vote, could change Daylight Saving Time if the change is allowed by the federal government.  Absent any legislative changes, California would maintain its current Daylight Saving Time period.

A NO vote on Proposition 7 means California would maintain its current Daylight Saving Time period.

Fiscal Impact:

According to the Legislative Analyst Office (LAO), Proposition 7 would have no direct fiscal effect because changes to Daylight Saving Time would depend on future actions by the Legislature and potentially the federal government.

CCC Position:

No position.

Reflections on Church Teaching:

“Then God said: Let there be light, and there was light.  God saw that the light was good.  God then separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light ‘day,’ and the darkness he called ‘night.’”  Genesis 1:3-4.

“The ‘principle of subsidiarity’ must be respected: ‘A community of a higher order should not interfere with the life of a community of a lower order, taking over its functions." In case of need it should, rather, support the smaller community and help to coordinate its activity with activities in the rest of society for the sake of the common good.’” —Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, #48 (1989)

“Another instrument of political participation is the referendum, whereby a form of direct access to political decisions is practiced. The institution of representation in fact does not exclude the possibility of asking citizens directly about the decisions of great importance for social life.”  Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church [413]