Senators Introduce Bill For Nationwide Year-Round Daylight Saving Time
Just three days before the night we set our clocks ahead one hour to launch into Daylight Saving Time (DST) for another year comes news that a group of eight senators wants to make it permanent across the U.S. They've reintroduced legislation in Washington, D.C. known as the Sunshine Protection Act.
WHO says the legislation is led by Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, both from Florida. Three years ago, Florida put Daylight Saving Time into effect year-round. However, that can only happen with a federal law in place, according to Click Orlando. There isn't one, of course, hence the legislation being reintroduced.
In a statement, Senator Rubio said,
The call to end the antiquated practice of clock changing is gaining momentum throughout the nation. Studies have shown many benefits of a year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is why the Florida legislature voted to make it permanent in 2018. I’m proud to reintroduce this bipartisan bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent, and give our nation’s families more stability throughout the year.
Those in favor of Daylight Saving Time throughout the year believe it would result in less energy being used, fewer car accidents, less crime, and more kids outside.
The largest concern raised against it has been kids waiting in the dark for school buses.
Daylight Saving Time, which takes effect this Sunday morning, March 14, at 2 a.m. is scheduled to be in effect until 2 a.m. the morning of Sunday, November 7.
Click Orlando says there are 15 states that have similar measures, like Florida's, already approved. They are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Here in Iowa, a bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent was approved by a Senate State Government Committee last month, making it eligible for debate in the Iowa senate. Radio Iowa reports that Senator Jeff Reichman, the man who introduced the bill, says,
We couldn’t be an island of Daylight Saving Time in the Midwest here. This gives all bordering states 10 years to come on board with this, pass their own legislation.
According to the Clinton Herald, all six of the states that border Iowa would have to pass their own legislation by July 1, 2031, to put the new law in Iowa, if approved, into effect. Those border starts are Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
What do you think? Would you like Daylight Saving Time year-round? I'd enjoy the later sunset in the winter, but in late December and early January, it would also mean sunrise wouldn't come 'til around 8:30 a.m. That's what concerns me. Winter is difficult enough to get up for, as it is.