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Senate Passes Bill to Make Daylight Savings Permanent Beginning November 2023

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Legislation first introduced in 2019 by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was passed in the Senate and now heads to the House. The legislation would make Daylight Saving Time permanent across the U.S.

If passed, the change will take effect in November of 2023 so as not to impose the transportation industry’s schedules which are already working off of the existing time and are planned in advance.

Rubio said “it’s an idea whose time has come.” The measure received bipartisan support in the Senate and had both Republican and Democrat co-sponsors. Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island was the lead sponsor for the Dems.

“You’ll see it’s an eclectic collection of members of the United States Senate in favor of what we’ve just done here in the Senate, and that’s to pass a bill to make Daylight Savings Time permanent,” Rubio said on the Senate floor. “Just this past weekend, we all went through that biannual ritual of changing the clock back and forth and the disruption that comes with it. And one has to ask themselves after a while why do we keep doing it?”

“If we can get this passed, we don’t have to keep doing this stupidity anymore,” he added. “We can’t always get bipartisan agreement in Congress these days, but here’s one thing we can agree on: we could all use a bit more sunshine,” the pair wrote. “That’s why we’re working together in the US Senate to make sure we end the practice of ‘spring forward’ and ‘fall back’ by making daylight saving time permanent.”

Just last week Senators Rubio and Markey wrote an op-ed published on CNN explaining how dark afternoons in winter negatively impact mental and physical health. Additionally, changing clocks twice a year disrupts sleeping patterns which is vital to good health.

“The rate of heart attacks spikes by 24 [percent] in the days following ‘spring forward’ in March, according to a 2014 study from the University of Michigan. Another study, published in 2016, found stroke rates may also increase by eight percent,” the senators wrote. “Year-round daylight saving time could also decrease the likelihood of fatal car accidents, which jump six percent in the days following the time change, according to a 2020 study from the University of Colorado.”

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9 Comments

  1. Mary

    March 17, 2022 at 9:37 am

    I agree with stopping this clock changing stupidity but being from Indiana, I do not support Daylight Savings time for us. Indiana needs to go back to Central time. From whatever state you live in just use the sun to determine what time zone you should be in. When the sun is full up at noon it is 12noon. That is your time zone. Currently in Indiana the noon time zone is at 2pm. We are two hours ahead of our time zone.

  2. Chet Brown

    March 17, 2022 at 9:55 am

    This is the only nation in the world trying to change time itself. What happened to the billions of people before man started playing God and manipulating time? What do these idiots have to say about it being dark at 9am in November? It says in the Bible that Satan and his minions will try to change time itself. What does Rubio have to say about that?

  3. Janet Pagano

    March 17, 2022 at 10:28 am

    Finally agree it is so disrupted to our lives. Thank you Sen. Rubio😇😇😇

  4. Marlo Kunze

    March 17, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Arizona doesn’t do DST. Where does that put our state? Constantly on Cal time or Utah time?

  5. David Lary

    March 18, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    We should get rid of daylight savings time entirely.

  6. WillyB

    March 18, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    Yes, changing our clocks twice a year is a major hardship that making school kids wait for their bus in the dark in December and January is a small price to pay. Besides, this will extend the golf season for congress, as they’ll now be able to get in 18 holes after their workday ends at 3pm.

  7. Marc

    March 18, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    This sounds good, but it won’t work in all regions. Just because they complain about it being dark in the morning, is not enough to justify the permanent change to DST. For one thing, in my neck of the woods, the summers are HOT! I don’t want to wait until just about 9pm in the middle of summer for the sun to set. When it’s 115 to 120 degrees, you want that sun to set as soon as possible. So, if they want to keep it at standard time, then we can talk.

  8. John Bagwell

    March 23, 2022 at 10:53 am

    What a dumb idea. If you want more sunshine after normal work hours then change the time to go to work to 7 am . The original reason for daylight savings was to allow farmers kids more time to work the farm fields. How many of you are farmers kids who work the fields? Also i challenge everybody to come to Phoenix Az when the summertime temperatures can range as high as 122 degrees and tell me that you want more sunshine.

  9. Steven A. Oldham

    March 29, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    This legislation is concerned about the “spring forward” health effects, which makes sense.

    However, perhaps the legislators have not checked to see whether permanent daylight savings time or permanent standard would be best, as other scientific evidence prefers permanent standard time over permanent daylight savings time to limit health effects.
    Or possibly a “split the difference” approach would be better, 1/2 hour ahead of standard time and 1/2 hour behind regular time.

    Perhaps these issues will be ironed out in the legislative process.

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