Permanent DST: Senate introduces bill to end ‘backsliding’ forever, no DST in 2022

WASHINGTON — Now that Americans have set their clocks to “go ahead” an hour, some lawmakers are hoping the country will never have to go back to standard time.

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved the Sun Protection Act in an effort to make Daylight Saving Time permanent in the US

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and his Florida colleague Sen. Rick Scott, along with bipartisan colleagues from Oklahoma, Missouri, Rhode Island, Oregon, Mississippi and Massachusetts, reintroduced the bill after it repeatedly failed to make the desk of the President.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives.

“If the House of Representatives follows the Senate’s lead, we can really make this happen. No more clock changes. No more dark afternoons in winter. No more losing an hour of sleep every spring [President Joe Biden’s] Desk,” tweeted Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA.

The legislation would not affect states that observe standard time, but would give states the power to make the change.

If the measure is not signed in time, daylight saving time will end on Sunday 7 November.

A bill that would allow Florida to have year-round daylight saving time was signed into law in 2018, but for Florida’s amendment to apply, federal law must change, Rubio said.

“Fifteen other states — Arkansas, Alabama, California, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wyoming — have passed similar legislation, resolutions or ballot initiatives and dozens more are looking for them,” he said Rubio in a statement.

According to Rubio, the change could bring improvements including reducing seasonal depression, reducing car accidents by better matching daylight hours with commute times, reducing robbery by having more daylight hours, and reducing childhood obesity by having more time for physical ones Fitness.

In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation that, according to NASA, states that daylight saving time begins on the last Sunday in April and ends on the last Sunday in October of each year.

The law was changed in 1986, and daylight saving time officially began on the first Sunday in April, but the end date remained the same.

In 2005, President George W. Bush signed an energy policy bill that NASA said would extend Daylight Saving Time by four weeks, beginning on the second Sunday in March. This law came into force in 2007.

A poll conducted last October shows that most Americans would like to avoid switching between daylight saving and standard time, although there is no consensus on which one should be used year-round.

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that only 25% of Americans said they would prefer to switch back and forth between standard and daylight saving time.

Forty-three percent of Americans said they would like to see standard time used year-round. Thirty-two percent say they would prefer daylight saving time to be used year-round.

In addition to fatigue, the transition can also affect your heart and brain, according to the American Heart Association. Hospitalizations for an irregular heartbeat pattern known as atrial fibrillation, as well as heart attacks and strokes, increase in the early days of daylight saving time.

No time change is observed in Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

The Associated Press and ABC News contributed to this report.

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