Nineteen states have enacted legislation or passed resolutions to make daylight saving time year-round. A published report states that the federal law would need to be changed to make the switch.
A federal law allows states to keep standard time throughout the year. However, they must get Congress’ approval before making daylight saving time permanent.
The 19 states that have introduced legislation are Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Idaho, Louisiana, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah, Wyoming, Arkansas, Delaware, Maine, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, Florida, and California, USA Today reports.
Jim Reed, the National Conference of State Legislatures wrote on the National Conference of State Legislatures website that although “opinions remain mixed on the benefits of permanent daylight time versus permanent standard time,”He stated, “states continue to vote in favor of year-round DST as the new normal.”
In this year’s legislative session, Reed said six states have enacted measures to make daylight saving time year-round, the news outlet reported.
As a way to save coal, the federal government created daylight saving time in 1918.
The Uniform Act of 1966 made it federal law. This act established daylight saving time beginning on the last Sunday of April through the last Sunday of October. The period was extended to the first Sunday in November 2007 by USA Today, following a 1987 change. Previously reported.
Individual states and territories only have the power to opt-out from daylight saving time. This will permanently put them on standard. This is the practice of Arizona, Hawaii and Guam as well as Puerto Rico and American Samoa.
The U.S. Department of Transportation manages time in America, including daylight saving and time zones.
According to the DOT, daylight saving time saves energy. USA Today reported that the idea was that because the sun sets an hour later, people would use less electricity to light up and keep more of their time outside.
According to the DOT, daylight saving time saves lives, reduces crime, and prevents traffic accidents. But, experts in sleep believe that losing sleep can have a negative impact on your health.
Marco Rubio, R. Florida, has been an instrumental figure in the discussion over daylight saving time. His Sunshine Protection Act, 2019, was an attempt at keeping daylight savings time year round instead of the eight-months currently.
Daylight saving time will come to an end on Sunday, which means it is time to set your clocks one hour behind.