19 states seek to make daylight saving time year-round
Daylight saving time was first activated by the federal government during World War I as a way to conserve coal.
Switching to daylight saving time year-round requires a change in federal law.
The momentum to get rid of DST has picked up over the years and 19 states have legislated to provide DST year-round. But even so, the transformation will require a change in federal law.
Daylight saving time ends on Sunday, so it’s time to “undo” by setting our clocks one hour behind.
But if you’re tired of changing your clocks twice a year, there might be some hope on the horizon for keeping them lighter later in the year.
“In the past four years, 19 states have enacted legislation or passed resolutions to provide daylight saving time throughout the year, if Congress permits such a change, and in some cases, if neighboring states enact the same legislation,” Jim Reed of the
National Conference of State Legislatures Tell USA TODAY.
The nineteen states are: Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Idaho, Louisiana, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah, Wyoming, Arkansas, Delaware, Maine, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, Florida, and California.
In this year’s legislative session alone, Reid said, six states enacted measures to make daylight saving time year-round.
The controversy over daylight saving time that was
First issued by the federal government During World War I as a way to conserve coal, it gained momentum in recent years.
The Department of Transportation, which is responsible for daylight saving time, says the practice saves energy, prevents traffic accidents and reduces crime. But sleep experts believe the health effects of sleep loss outweigh their value.
The final stumbling block for year-round DST fans is the 1966 Federal Uniform Time Act, which became law because of the haphazard way states had been observing DST until then. The law states that states must either change clocks to daylight saving time at a specific time and day or stick to standard time throughout the year.
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The only power individual states or territories have by law is to opt out of daylight savings time, and to permanently put it into standard time. It is practiced in Arizona, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
So despite what the states want to do, switching to year-round DST requires a change in federal law.
Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, has been in favor of year-round DST for several years. The 2019 Sun Protection Act was an attempt to end bi-annual time changes and maintain daylight saving time year-round in his state and across the country instead of the current eight months.
Reed told USA TODAY that the Sunscreen Act of 2021 was reintroduced by a bipartisan group of US senators to make daylight saving time permanent across the country, and there is an accompanying bill in the House. Another bill, HR 214 – the Daylight Act – would allow states to choose to observe daylight saving time throughout the year.
But he said, “There has been no significant legislative activity on any of these laws so far.”
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A press release from Rubio’s office lists the benefits of permanent DST, including fewer car accidents, fewer heart and stroke problems, better mental health, less crime, greater economic growth and greater physical fitness.
“Opinions remain mixed about the benefits of permanent daylight saving time versus permanent standard time,” Reid wrote in a blog post on the National Conference of State Legislatures website. “The Internet is full of sites glorifying both sides of the debate. However, countries continue to vote for daylight saving time year-round as the new normal.”
However, the actual changes in March and November are almost universally canceled due to all the accompanying adjustments we have to make, such as coming home from work in the dark and resetting our internal clocks slower than expected, the Legislatures Conference said.
Around the world, more than 70 countries observe daylight saving time. It is known as daylight saving time in some countries, including the United Kingdom and Europe.