by Countable | Updated on 3.11.18
On the 100th Anniversary of Congress’ first daylight saving time legislation, lawmakers in Florida passed the Sunshine Protection Act.
If Congress approves the measure, the Sunshine State will spring forward and never fall back.
Hawaii and most of Arizona are also on standard time year-round.
DST runs from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.
The idea of daylight saving, like everything in America, was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin.
Read all about DST at Countable’s Fact Tuesday: Daylight Saving Time.
"Under federal law, the U.S. Department of Transportation is charged with setting time zones but allows states to exempt themselves from daylight saving time, if Congress approves," the Miami Herald explained.
Congress would have to exempt Florida from the Uniform Time Act of 1966.
Are Florida, Hawaii, and Arizona on to something? Should the U.S. no longer follow daylight saving time? Should DST be adopted year-round? Do you enjoy the sun setting at noon in winter? Why do I always add an "s" and say daylight savings time? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then use your extra hour to comment below.
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Forget the Sunshine Protect Act and just abolish DST nationwide. It serves no purpose and does more harm than good.
It’s time to stop moving the hour hand based on tradition versus reality.
Daylight savings time all year around
There is no reason for it to exist anymore. There is no economic advantage and plenty of documented downsides. “We’ve always done it” isn’t a sufficient reason to continue. That’s true for many things, not just DST.
Rid us of this useless change that makes everyone else have to change schedules!
I hate DST. Standard time is real time and DST could be called fake time. It serves absolutely no purpose whatsoever. People are tired on Monday. Accidents will happen because of DST. Time to stop this WWII exercise to have more daylight for farmers.
Just set the time once and keep it that way.
I am fully in favor of not changing clocks twice per year. This insane policy causes far more sleep deprivation, illness, and accidents than any possible benefit it could provide. Pick a time and stick with it. Changing the clock to create the illusion of more daylight is akin to sucking in your stomach when you step on the scale to check your weight. Please do away with time changes.
Yes. Daylight savings is not really a savings. It costs everyone with a loss of convenience, time and eventually costs us financially.
Yes let’s keep it simple..
Abolish Daylight savings time
Either keep daylight savings time year round or do away with it totally. It is difficult to adjust to this time change twice a year!
Drop the game of time. Let the people get up and go to bed without the government telling us when
Yes, just yes. Next please...
I think it’s time we just got rid of DST as a whole in this country, except maaaaaybe Alaska. In the parallels that the continental US and Hawaii occupy, the position of the Earth’s orbit relative to the Sun shifts slowly enough through the course of a year that we naturally alter our sleeping cycles to match. It’s more helpful the closer you live to one of the Poles, but (just as an example) the South is so near the Equator that parts of Texas and Florida are considered subtropical climates. The “extra hour” you get in the fall is obviously canceled out by the hour you “lose” in the spring, and ultimately the most important part of DST is the irritating process of resetting your clocks.
If it meant the 2018 election came an hour earlier, let’s do it. Heck, let’s move the clock two hours forward and shorten our suffering.
As someone who lives in an area without Daylight Savings, I can tell you it's not needed. Abolish Daylight Savings worldwide. It just makes things more complicated than it needs to be.
no daylight savings time please! with all of the technology why should we rely on archaic practices? let’s get an hour back!
I prefer my sunshine at the end of the day and so as someone in California, at the east end of the time zone, I would prefer to stay on daylight saving time. No need for sun up at 5 am for most folk.
Please enact year round daylight saving time!