A newly signed Georgia bill would make daylight-saving time permanent so criminals will have 'one less hour in the evening to commit their crimes,' official says

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Brian Kemp
Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Georgia). AP Photo/John Bazemore

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has signed a bill that would make the state have daylight saving time all year, according to multiple reports. 

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The Republican governor signed Senate Bill 100 earlier this week, on April 21, according to WSB-TV. The bill was greenlit by the Georgia General Assembly in March and aims to prevent residents from switching their clocks two times a year, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  

"This state, including all political subdivisions thereof, shall observe daylight savings time year round as the standard time of the entire state and all of its political subdivisions," the bill states. 

According to the AJC, Congress still has to approve the bill. As Insider's Grace Panetta previously reported, lawmakers in many states have been pushing to make daylight savings time permanent, but have not seen action from Congress. Daylight saving time has been associated with sleep deprivation, car crashes, heart attacks, and strokes.

Rep. Wes Cantrell told WSB-TV that the bill would result in less criminal activity and crashes on the road. 

"Criminals like the cloak of darkness, so they have one less hour in the evening to commit their crimes," Cantrell, who sponsored the bill, told WSB-TV. 

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