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senate Bill S. 670

Should the U.S. Adopt Permanent Daylight Saving Time to Eliminate the Need to ‘Spring Forward’ & ‘Fall Back’?

Argument in favor

Making Daylight Saving Time permanent across the U.S. would simplify Americans’ lives by ending the practice of resetting clocks twice a year to “spring forward” and “fall back”, which could yield benefits in terms of reduced health risks and increased economic activity.

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11/03/2019
Springing forward and falling behind are also not good for one’s health.
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Patrick's Opinion
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11/03/2019
Daylight savings time has been studied and it is an unnecessary complication in our lives.
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Doug's Opinion
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11/03/2019
This crazy switching back and forth needs to stop!
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Argument opposed

The current time system with eight months of Daylight Saving Time and time changes in March and November isn’t that challenging to abide by. There aren’t enough definitive benefits to year-round Daylight Saving Time to justify the transition.

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11/03/2019
It is absolutely necessary to have daylight in the morning to get to work and school. DST all the time would make several months in a year where it would be dark in the morning during commuting time for workers and students. As a substitute teacher, I am effected heavily by this, and in our town, so are a great many of the residents. I would prefer a constant time to be standard time. Then, at least for school children and related professions, it would always be light for the main academic school day. If we went to DST, I would recommend that the school day be changed to at least an hour later, and work days also start later, to accommodate the light.
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11/03/2019
If nothing else, this switching back and forth is a disruptive and unnecessary burden on our bodies’ circadian rhythms. That being said, according to a world-renowned international panel of sleep experts, the switch should be to Standard Time (ST): “The authors take the position that, based on comparisons of large populations living in DST or ST or on western versus eastern edges of time zones, the advantages of permanent ST outweigh switching to DST annually or permanently. Four peer reviewers provided expert critiques of the initial submission, and the SRBR Executive Board approved the revised manuscript as a Position Paper to help educate the public in their evaluation of current legislative actions to end DST.” - Till Roenneberg, Anna Wirz-Justice, Debra J. Skene, et. al. “Why Should We Abolish Daylight Saving Time?” June 6, 209. From Journal of Biological Rhythms https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0748730419854197
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11/03/2019
Those living in the northern US might disagree. Days are much shorter in the winter and longer in the summer and without daylight savings time, it affects the workable hours of the day in the light.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    IntroducedMarch 6th, 2019

What is Senate Bill S. 670?

This bill — the Sunshine Protection Act of 2019 — would make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent across the U.S. Currently, most of the U.S. operates under eight months of DST from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November, with the remaining four months on Standard Time. Under this bill, the U.S. would transition to year-round DST by not “falling back” in November, thus eliminating the need to reset clocks twice a year.

This bill wouldn’t modify time zones and wouldn’t apply to states and territories which don’t observe DST, such as American Samoa, most of Arizona, Guam, Hawaii, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Impact

Americans living in areas that observe Daylight Saving Time; and state governments.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 670

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced this bill to make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent, thus eliminating the need for most of the U.S. to reset clocks twice a year:

“Studies have shown many benefits of a  year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is why Florida’s legislature overwhelmingly voted to make it permanent last year. Reflecting the will of the State of Florida, I’m proud to reintroduce this bill to also make Daylight Saving Time permanent nationally.”

The sponsor of this bill’s companion in the House, Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), added:

“Last year, Florida lawmakers were the first in the nation to vote to make Daylight Saving Time permanent in our home state. We should follow their lead at the national level to allow them to move forward with this change and ensure that Florida and the rest of the nation are on the same page year-round.”

The bill’s sponsors produced a fact sheet touting the following potential benefits of making Daylight Saving Time permanent:

  • Reducing car crashes and accidents involving pedestrians by 8-11%, according to the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Safety Research.

  • Reducing risk for cardiac issuesstroke, and seasonal depression.

  • Reducing robberies by 27% according to a 2015 Brookings Institution study, due to more daylight in the evenings.

  • Benefitting the economy, as a JPMorgan Chase study found a drop in economic activity of 2.2% - 4.9% when clocks move back.

  • Reducing childhood obesity and increasing physical fitness, according to the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, and the Journal of Environmental Psychology.

  • Benefitting the agricultural industry by eliminating biannual disruptions in farmers’ schedules and supply chain partners.

  • Reducing energy usage by 0.5% per day according to a Dept. of Energy study conducted in 2005 after the U.S. added four weeks of DST.

The day after Daylight Saving Time took effect in 2019, President Trump tweeted his support for permanent DST, tweeting, “Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!”

Brian Anderson, who testified against a Utah bill as an advocate for changing the clocks twice a year, contended that it’s not hard or time-consuming to make the adjustment, and most people get a different amount of sleep night to night, anyway:

“Nobody complains about getting the hour of sleep in the fall, but when you lose it in the spring, people think that’s dangerous or bad. I’d be hard-pressed to point to anybody that gets the same hours of sleep every night.”

This bill has the support of two bipartisan cosponsors, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).

Of Note: The U.S. began observing DST in 1918 following the enactment of the Standard Time Act, but after the DST-related provisions were repealed the following year after World War I states and cities were empowered to set their own dates and times for observing DST. Aside from a period during World War II when the U.S. adopted "War Time" and observed DST year-round, that continued until 1966.

There proved to be a lot of problems with allowing states and cities to choose when DST began and ended within their jurisdiction, and in 1961 the Interstate Commerce Commission told Congress to come up with a solution. In 1965, observance of DST was particularly chaotic in the Midwest: within the state of Iowa there were 23 different start and end times for DST, and St. Paul, Minnesota began DST two weeks before its twin city, Minneapolis.

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act, which set nationwide start and end dates for DST in the states that chose to observe it (which all but Arizona and Hawaii did). 


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / StephanieFrey)

AKA

Sunshine Protection Act of 2019

Official Title

A bill to make daylight savings time permanent, and for other purposes.

    Springing forward and falling behind are also not good for one’s health.
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    It is absolutely necessary to have daylight in the morning to get to work and school. DST all the time would make several months in a year where it would be dark in the morning during commuting time for workers and students. As a substitute teacher, I am effected heavily by this, and in our town, so are a great many of the residents. I would prefer a constant time to be standard time. Then, at least for school children and related professions, it would always be light for the main academic school day. If we went to DST, I would recommend that the school day be changed to at least an hour later, and work days also start later, to accommodate the light.
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    Daylight savings time has been studied and it is an unnecessary complication in our lives.
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    I don’t care which we stay on but PLEASE STOP SWITCHING THE TIME.....PLEASE PLEASE PRETTY PLEASE
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    This crazy switching back and forth needs to stop!
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    The time shift is certainly inconvenient for me and I don’t like it. I always thought that daylight savings time was designed to keep kids walking to school is reasonable daylight in the winter and have the opportunity to enjoy the later sunlit day in the summer. There is also the use of resources such as costs for lighting and in the winter and assuring roads are safer to travel in our snowier states. I also think it helps farmers and their families manage their day. I really do not know if any of these presumptions of mine are absolutely correct but, given the possibility that they are, I am reluctant jump on board with eliminating the seasonal shift just because I personally don’t like it. I think this deserves a little more thought and input from all those affected. ...... ...... and now for some random thoughts with no conclusions! China used to, and I believe still does, have a single time zone for the entire country, which spans 4 or 5 ‘solar’ time zones. Of course anyone employed is expected to work on any of the seven days in a week and put their scheduled time in irrespective of their ‘solar clock’, with scheduled weekly breaks in between. Not what I would like. .... ... ... Time zones force people living on the western edge to have a ‘solar’ day that starts by definition, one full hour later than folks on the eastern edge- it would be healthier if we all had our own ‘solar’ time irrespective of time zone- but this is impracticable as well. I know this doesn’t help but I haven’t completed my pot of coffee yet and am still prone to ramble.....
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    Set the clock and let it be. The purpose for establishing DST is no longer valid.
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    This is something that has been needed for years. I get tired of going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. Going to work in the dark is no problem to me but I want to come home to some daylight. I know that this was enacted years ago for school children on the bus and farmers. We need to stop this leave it the way it was November 1 please!
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    If nothing else, this switching back and forth is a disruptive and unnecessary burden on our bodies’ circadian rhythms. That being said, according to a world-renowned international panel of sleep experts, the switch should be to Standard Time (ST): “The authors take the position that, based on comparisons of large populations living in DST or ST or on western versus eastern edges of time zones, the advantages of permanent ST outweigh switching to DST annually or permanently. Four peer reviewers provided expert critiques of the initial submission, and the SRBR Executive Board approved the revised manuscript as a Position Paper to help educate the public in their evaluation of current legislative actions to end DST.” - Till Roenneberg, Anna Wirz-Justice, Debra J. Skene, et. al. “Why Should We Abolish Daylight Saving Time?” June 6, 209. From Journal of Biological Rhythms https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0748730419854197
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    Yeah we should absolutely eliminate that annoying jumping forwards and then losing the whole hour of sleeping!!!!! I have always hated the whole Spring Forwards/Fall Back BS!!! I would totally love to see Spring Forwards/Fall Back GO AWAY FOREVER AND END OUR BIANNUALLY RECURRING TIME CHANGE NONSENSE ONCE & FOR ALL TIME!!!!!
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    Whether standard or dst, who cares? Just PICK ONE AND STICK WITH IT.
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    No need for “fall back- spring forward” Also upsetting to body clock - not a good thing
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    Those living in the northern US might disagree. Days are much shorter in the winter and longer in the summer and without daylight savings time, it affects the workable hours of the day in the light.
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    There is no reason to continue with this. Cutting 1in. Off the bottom of a blanket and sewing it to the top of the blanket DOES NOT give you a bigger blanket!
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    Yes please
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    Yes. Let’s end this now.
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    Yes, stop this nonsense!
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    Yes, yes, yes. What are we changing for anyway?
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    Please eliminate the back and forth time change. This was an old law whose purpose is long gone.
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    All daylight savings time does is mess up my sleep twice a year
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