C'tee submits daylight savings report to Yishai

Supporters of daylight savings extension say clock should change in mid-October, and not Yom Kippur as has been the law since 2005.

May 30, 2011 03:52
Interior Minister Eli Yishai.

Eli Yishai 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

A Knesset committee established to examine daylight saving time has submitted its recommendation to extend the period the summer hours are in effect to Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas).

Yishai organized the committee after a bill was submitted earlier this year over the contentious issue.

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Yishai on Sunday said he would take a week before publishing his decision.

The interior minister denied reports that the government had already approved a bill to change the change, saying “the media is responsible for all reports regarding daylight savings time thus far.”

Supporters of reforming the summer clock say the switch back to standard time should happen in mid-October and not on the weekend before Yom Kippur as has been the case since 2005. Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz had submitted a bill with support from 20 other lawmakers from across the spectrum to lengthen afternoon hours into the early autumn, saying it would save electricity and prevent car accidents.

Supporters of the current system say the early change helps religious observers in the fall holidays.

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