Supporters of the bill said Georgians would be better off if they didn’t have to spring forward and fall back every year, a practice that contributes to sleep deprivation, health problems and traffic accidents.
But its opponents preferred permanent standard time, which is currently observed during four winter months. They said standard time provides more light in the morning for schoolchildren and farmers, and that it would increase productivity.
Daylight saving time won the debate among legislators who preferred later sunsets and more time for outdoor leisure activities after work. The bill passed the Senate 45-6 and the House 111-48.