Published: Sun, March 10, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Why Daylight Saving Time Starts Sunday

Why Daylight Saving Time Starts Sunday

Time to abide by the adage to spring forward (though it's not yet spring).

As Daylight Saving Time goes into effect Sunday at 2 am, one MI lawmaker believes it's time to stop the time change that takes place twice a year and keep everything at Daylight Saving Time. That means set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday, or at least wake up at 2:00am to do it so you're not screwed in the morning.

Other states and territories that now observe Daylight Saving Time year-round include American Samoa, Guam, the Minor Outlying Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. followed suit during World Wars I and II.

The U.S. Department of Transportation also claims that there is less crime during daylight saving time. Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam don't have Daylight Saving Time, per Reader's Digest. CT state Representative Kurt Vail is also on board, giving the proposal more momentum.

"In the flawless world situation, in terms of biology, I would prefer that we don't need to submit ourselves twice a year to time change". In theory, using daylight more efficiently saves fuel and energy because it reduces the nation's need for artificial light.

California isn't alone in its efforts to abandon the time changes. The Florida Legislature passed a bill last spring to stay on Daylight Savings Time year round, but the change requires federal approval, but that never happened. So say hello to daylight saving time, until our clocks fall back to standard time in November. Daylight saving was repealed the following year. However, things get far more complicated within the state, as the Navajo Nation, which covers part of northeastern Arizona, does observe Daylight Saving Time, and the Hopi Reservation, which is surrounded entirely by the Navajo Nation, does not. Currently, there is legislation in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho to do away with the anachronistic practice, and California voters already did away with the clock flip and are waiting for their state reps to finish it off. Florida passed the Sunshine Protection Act a year ago, but Congress has blocked the move or at least failed to pick it up.

A woman sets her clock. "Reflecting the will of the state of Florida, I'm proud to reintroduce this bill to also make daylight saving time permanent nationally".

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