Mexico’s Senate approved a bill eliminate daylight saving time

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to end daylight saving time, ending the practice of changing the clocks twice a year.

Some cities along the US border are able to keep daylight saving time, presumably because they are so associated with US cities.

The Senate approved the measure by a vote of 59 to 25 with 12 abstentions. Those opposed to the measure said less daylight in the afternoon could affect opportunities for children and adults to exercise.

The law has already passed the lower house of Congress and now President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is going to sign it into law.

The law would go into effect on Sunday, when Mexico is scheduled to turn back the clocks for the last time.

Earlier, Health Minister Jorge Alcocer said Mexico should return to “God’s clock,” or standard time, arguing that turning clocks back or forward is damaging to people’s health.

The measure would result in darkness falling an hour earlier on summer afternoons.

Economists argue that while energy savings are minimal, a return to normal could pose problems for financial markets in Mexico because US East Coast markets are so far ahead.

And businesses like restaurants that have become accustomed to staying open later may have to close earlier, as many delinquent Mexicans often try to get off the streets after dark.

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