Daylight savings “fall back” with extra hour Sunday

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Sunday is the twice-yearly clock change, but it could be the last time we go “backwards” if legislation is passed to make daylight saving time permanent.

Main image: The US Senate unanimously approved the Daylight Savings Act in March, a measure that would make daylight saving time available by 2023, but the bill has not yet been voted on by the House.

Why it’s important: Health groups have called for an end to the annual clock change, a tradition first adopted in the US more than a century ago, Axios’ Sophia Cai and Andrew Solender report.

Meaning: A new study in the journal Current Biology predicts that year-round daylight saving could prevent 36,550 deer deaths, 33 human deaths, 2,054 human injuries and billions of dollars in damages. 1.19 collisions per year.

What time to change the clock

Details: Sunday morning at 2 am is considered the official time to set clocks to standard time but many will change the time on their devices before going to bed on Saturday.

  • Daylight saving time is scheduled to return on Sunday, March 12 even if the law is approved.
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Meanwhile, daylight saving time used to run from April to October but the Energy Policy Act of 2005 extended DST by about four weeks from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

The push to make daylight saving is permanent

Sun Protection Act – a bill sponsored by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (DR.I.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) – passed by one vote in mid-March.

  • If the legislation clears the House and is signed into law by President Biden, it will mean that Americans will no longer have to change their clocks twice a year.

Flashback: In the 1970s – the last time Congress made daylight saving time permanent – the decision was reversed less than a year after morning darkness was harmful to children school and community attitudes have changed.

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Countries with daylight saving resolutions

In numbers: 19 states have enacted or passed resolutions for daylight saving time year-round, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

  • Florida was the first to pass the law in 2018 and Colorado moved forward by making daylight saving permanent earlier this year.
  • Other states that have taken action are: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
  • California voters approved the Proposition 7 ballot measure in 2018 but legislative action has yet to be taken.

Yes, but: Federal Law says states can move to the same time, but must have Congressional approval to adopt daylight saving time year-round, Christine Clarridge reports Axios Seattle.

What we’re looking at: Minnesota State Representative Mike Freiberg (DFL-Golden Valley) told Axios that he plans to renew the state law in the next session to convert to regular time, possibly as soon as 2024.

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This would mean: If accepted in Minnesota, Winter would feel the same, but the sun would rise — and set — an hour earlier than summer, Torey Van Oot of Axios reports.

  • “Personally, I just want to get rid of the clock changes,” Freiberg said of his multi-year mission. “I don’t care where we go.”
Countries with permanent daylight saving time

Hawaii and Arizona don’t observe daylight saving time except the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona.

  • US territories including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands observe standard time.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information about Minnesota State Representative Mike Freiberg’s plans to ask the state legislature to look into changing to regular time.

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