ATLANTA – Governor Brian Kemp has signed a bill that would allow Georgia to permanently switch to daylight saving time.

But our annual clock changes are unlikely to stop anytime soon.

Kemp signed Senate Bill 100 on Wednesday after it was passed in the General Assembly last month.

It would still require an act of Congress to allow states to permanently lift the clock change. Current federal law prohibits states from observing daylight saving time all year round.

The new law allows the state to repeal conflicting laws if Congress authorizes states to switch to daylight saving time only.

Legislators argue that security is one of the main reasons to stop switching time back and forth.

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Cherokee County Rep. Wes Cantrell-R, who sponsored the law, said the move could lead to fewer car accidents and reduced crime.

“Criminals like the cloak of darkness, so they have an hour less in the evening to commit their crimes,” said Cantrell.

Kemp did not comment on the new legislation.

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