Time Changes Backwards if You’re Sick of It, You May Blame Congress on Sunday

Time Changes Backwards: If legislation to make daylight saving time permanently is passed, then Sunday won’t be the final time we “fall back.”

This is the larger picture: The House of Representatives has yet to vote on the Sunshine Protection Act, which was unanimously adopted by the Senate in March and would make daylight saving time permanent in 2023.

Why This Matters: According to a recent article by Axios’ Sophia Cai and Andrew Solender, health groups have advocated for an end to the practice of changing clocks twice yearly. This custom was initially implemented in the United States more than a century ago.

  • YouGov surveyed in March 2022 and found that almost two-thirds of Americans supported eliminating daylight saving time.

Context: Year-round daylight saving time might save an estimated 36,550 deer lives, 33 human lives, 2,054 human injuries, and $1.19 billion in yearly accident expenses, according to recent research published in the journal Current Biology.

At What Hour Should the Clocks Be Changed?

Although it is customary to return clocks to standard time at 2 a.m. on Sunday, many people will adjust to going to bed on Saturday.

Even if legislation is passed, daylight saving time is set to resume on March 12.
Meanwhile, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 pushed daylight saving time back from April to October to the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November, a change of around four weeks.

The Ongoing Campaign to Make Daylight Saving Time Mandatory

In the middle of March, the Sunshine Protection Act was enacted with unanimous assent. This measure was co-sponsored by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

The bill would eliminate the need for Americans to adjust their clocks twice a year if it passes the House and is signed into law by Vice President Joe Biden.

Time Changes Backwards

The last time Congress made daylight saving time permanent was in the 1970s, but the decision was overturned in less than a year when early morning darkness posed a safety risk to schoolchildren and public opinion shifted.

Countries Adopting a Daylight Saving Time Policy

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 19 states have already made the move to year-round daylight saving time through the passage of legislation or resolutions.

Early this year, Florida was the first state to enact legislation making daylight saving time permanent, and Colorado followed suit.
Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are some of the other states that have taken action.

Even though Proposition 7 was adopted by voters in California in 2018, no action has been taken on the initiative by legislators.
Christine Clarridge of Axios Seattle notes that while the federal government does allow states to switch to standard time without congressional approval, the same statute requires that states obtain such consent before implementing year-round daylight saving time.

Current Showing: Rep. Mike Freiberg (DFL-Golden Valley) said in an interview with Axios that he intends to introduce new legislation in the upcoming session to switch Minnesota to standard time, maybe as early as 2024.

According to Axios’ Torey Van Oot, if this proposal were to pass in Minnesota, it would not affect the winter season but would cause the sun to rise and set an hour sooner in the summer.

Freiberg replied, “I just want to get rid of the clock changes” when asked about his decade-long goal. The destination is completely irrelevant to me at this point.

Countries That Don’t Observe Daylight Saving Time Year-round

Except for the Navajo Nation in far northern Arizona, neither Hawaii nor the rest of the state of Arizona follows daylight saving time.

All U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands, are on standard time year-round.

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