U.S. Senate approves bill to make daylight saving time permanent

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U.S. Senate approves bill to make daylight saving time permanent
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that would make daylight saving time permanent starting in 2023, ending the twice-annual changing of clocks in a move promoted by supporters advocating brighter afternoons and more economic activity.

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The Senate approved the measure, called the Sunshine Protection Act, unanimously by voice vote. The House of Representatives, which has held a committee hearing on the matter, still must pass the bill before it can go to President Joe Biden to sign. The White House has not said whether Biden supports it.

On Sunday, most of the United States resumed daylight saving time, moving ahead one hour. The United States will resume standard time in November.

Senator Marco Rubio, one of the bill’s sponsors, said after input from airlines and broadcasters that supporters agreed that the change would not take place until November 2023.

The change would help enable children to play outdoors later and reduce seasonal depression, according to supporters.

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“I know this is not the most important issue confronting America but it is one of those issues that there is a lot of agreement. … If we can get this passed, we don’t have to do this stupidity anymore,” Rubio added. “Pardon the pun, but this is an idea whose time has come.”

About 30 states since 2015 have introduced legislation to end the twice-yearly changing of clocks, with some states proposing to do it only if neighboring states do the same.

The House Energy and Commerce committee held a hearing on the issue this month. Representative Frank Pallone, the committee’s chairman, said that “the loss of that one hour of sleep seems to impact us for days afterwards. It also can cause havoc on the sleeping patterns of our kids and our pets.”

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Pallone backs ending the clock switching but has not decided whether to support daylight or standard time as the permanent choice.

Pallone cited a 2019 poll that found that 71% of Americans prefer to no longer switch their clocks twice a year.

Supporters say the change could prevent a slight uptick in car crashes that typically occurs around the time changes and point to studies showing a small increase in the rate of heart attacks and strokes soon after the time change.

“It has real repercussions on our economy and our daily lives,” said Senator Ed Markey, another leading sponsor.

Supporters argue it could help businesses such as golf courses that could draw more use with more evening daylight.

The use of daylight saving time has been in place in nearly all of the United States since the 1960s after being first tried in 1918. Year-round daylight savings time was adopted in 1973 in a bid to reduce energy use because of an oil embargo and repealed a year later.

The bill would allow Arizona and Hawaii, which do not observe daylight saving time, to remain on standard time.
 

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No idea, but being in a jurisdiction that does not utilize daylight savings time and has not for many decades…. And trying to do business across North America with all the time zones change around you without yours changing is a royal pain in the arse.

All I can say is “Thank God!” & “It’s about Bloody Time Already!”
 

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Canada cheers U.S. effort to abolish 'spring forward, fall back' daylight time ritual
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WASHINGTON — A giddy Massachusetts senator, clapping his hands and dancing with delight in the shadow of a sun-drenched U.S. Capitol, isn’t something one sees every day.

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But doing away with the annoying ritual of changing the clocks twice a year just brings out the joy in some people.

They include Sen. Ed Markey, who couldn’t contain his excitement this week when the Senate unanimously passed a plan that would make daylight time permanent across the country.

The bill still needs to pass the House of Representatives, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to indicate whether she intends to bring it to a vote.

But it has widespread support — including in Canada, where Ottawa and the provinces have long maintained they would need the U.S. to do it first.

Anthony Housefather, a Liberal MP from Montreal, says Canada will need to follow suit if the U.S. bill becomes law, while B.C. Premier John Horgan says he’s happy to see Congress taking the initial steps.
 

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U.S. Senate approves bill to make daylight saving time permanent
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Publishing date:Mar 15, 2022 • 21 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that would make daylight saving time permanent starting in 2023, ending the twice-annual changing of clocks in a move promoted by supporters advocating brighter afternoons and more economic activity.

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The Senate approved the measure, called the Sunshine Protection Act, unanimously by voice vote. The House of Representatives, which has held a committee hearing on the matter, still must pass the bill before it can go to President Joe Biden to sign. The White House has not said whether Biden supports it.

On Sunday, most of the United States resumed daylight saving time, moving ahead one hour. The United States will resume standard time in November.

Senator Marco Rubio, one of the bill’s sponsors, said after input from airlines and broadcasters that supporters agreed that the change would not take place until November 2023.

The change would help enable children to play outdoors later and reduce seasonal depression, according to supporters.

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“I know this is not the most important issue confronting America but it is one of those issues that there is a lot of agreement. … If we can get this passed, we don’t have to do this stupidity anymore,” Rubio added. “Pardon the pun, but this is an idea whose time has come.”

About 30 states since 2015 have introduced legislation to end the twice-yearly changing of clocks, with some states proposing to do it only if neighboring states do the same.

The House Energy and Commerce committee held a hearing on the issue this month. Representative Frank Pallone, the committee’s chairman, said that “the loss of that one hour of sleep seems to impact us for days afterwards. It also can cause havoc on the sleeping patterns of our kids and our pets.”

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Pallone backs ending the clock switching but has not decided whether to support daylight or standard time as the permanent choice.

Pallone cited a 2019 poll that found that 71% of Americans prefer to no longer switch their clocks twice a year.

Supporters say the change could prevent a slight uptick in car crashes that typically occurs around the time changes and point to studies showing a small increase in the rate of heart attacks and strokes soon after the time change.

“It has real repercussions on our economy and our daily lives,” said Senator Ed Markey, another leading sponsor.

Supporters argue it could help businesses such as golf courses that could draw more use with more evening daylight.

The use of daylight saving time has been in place in nearly all of the United States since the 1960s after being first tried in 1918. Year-round daylight savings time was adopted in 1973 in a bid to reduce energy use because of an oil embargo and repealed a year later.

The bill would allow Arizona and Hawaii, which do not observe daylight saving time, to remain on standard time.
i hope that daylight savings becomes permanent and worldwide/universal.⏳⌚🕰️ 🕛 :) :cool:
 

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I’m just glad that the rest of North America is ready to shit or get off the pot, Because this is awkward doing business with the rest of the continent when they flip around time zones & we in Saskatchewan don’t:
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“So are we the same time as MB or AB this week?”

“Is Vancouver 1 hour or 2 hours behind us? Where are we at time wise compared to Indiana at this point…are they 1 or two hours ahead of us this week?” Ugh….
 

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As a child this was just an annoyance with respect to the TV schedule when people actually used a TV guide and watched TV shows on networks on the television…

As an adult conducting business over multiple jurisdictions, it is beyond a pain in the arse.
 

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As a child this was just an annoyance with respect to the TV schedule when people actually used a TV guide and watched TV shows on networks on the television…

As an adult conducting business over multiple jurisdictions, it is beyond a pain in the arse.
It was originally put into place to allow more time for the children of farmers to have more time slaving in the fields after school .
 

Ron in Regina

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It was originally put into place to allow more time for the children of farmers to have more time slaving in the fields after school .
I thought it was one of those temporary war effort things like income tax that was needed at the time it was gonna go away as soon as we were done with it….80 or 100 years ago or something like that….Let’s all get up before those lazy Germans or Japanese or pick your flavour of out of date previously accepted racism tailored against our enemies of the day….
 

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It was originally put into place to allow more time for the children of farmers to have more time slaving in the fields after school .
I am surprised it was put in for farmers. Growing up in Saskatchewan I was always told we didn't have DST because the cows would become confused with the time change.
 
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I was just guessing above, but here’s the scoop:

The Canadian government introduced daylight saving time in 1918 as a measure for increasing production during the First World War. Similar legislation had been passed in Germany and Britain. The idea was that during months when the sun stays visible for longer, a pre-breakfast hour of daylight could be saved for use after supper. Countries did this by turning the clocks ahead by one hour in the spring (to start the day earlier) and back by one hour in the fall.

Federal government regulation of daylight saving time lapsed with the end of the First World War, but resumed during the Second World War.

Canadian provinces and territories, like nations around the world, followed the American plan to change the scope of DST. It was essential to do so for trade, travel and communications, because the US is Canada’s chief trading partner….so tail on the dog….got it.