Community Issues

Time to Set the Sun on Daylight-Saving Time?

As more states consider getting rid of the time change, some say Congress should be the ones to stop the clock and avoid the chaos of having different states in the same time zones on different times.


On Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m. ET, states that recognize daylight-saving time will "spring forward" and move their clocks one hour ahead. Originally enacted during WWI and WWII as an energy conservation measure, daylight-saving was codified in 1966, when Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, setting daylight-saving time to begin on the last Sunday in April and to end on the last Sunday in October.

For most everyone the time switch means losing an hour of sleep and having your internal clock thrown off. It allows people in the north enjoy more hours of daytime sun during the summer, but some states that experience unbearable heat in the summer would prefer an hour of night instead.

Now there's a growing call to eliminate daylight-saving time and stay on one set time throughout the year. Hawaii and Arizona haven't recognized time-changes for years. Last year Florida passed a bill to observe daylight-saving time year-round. And lawmakers in several states, including Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Idaho, have or will introduce legislation to end daylight-saving time in their states.

One of them is Rep. Russ Diamond D-Pennsylvania who says he will soon propose a bill to permanently place Pennsylvania on Eastern Standard Time. "Daylight Saving Time... has outlived its usefulness," Diamond wrote in a memorandum to all Pennsylvania House members (click here to read it). "These government-mandated interruptions of natural biological rhythms and sleep cycles can wreak havoc on job performance, academic results, and overall physical (and) mental health." he contended.

"There is no national crisis that changing clocks helps to alleviate." PA Rep. Russ Diamond

Still, having different states under different time zones could create chaos for everything from transportation schedules to business operations. That's why a lot of people think Congress should be the ones to stop the clock on a national daylight-saving time. If you agree, click here to send a message to your representatives.

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