What to know
- The Sunshine Act would make daylight the new permanent time
- The US Senate passed the bill in March 2022
- The House of Representatives has yet to pass it
Again, there are sleepless, dark mornings and early nights. Daylight saving time has Americans in every state except Hawaii and Arizona moving their clocks back an hour on November 6.
If you vaguely remember something about a bill to stop the time change and make it permanent, it’s not just your sleep-deprived brain talking.
Changing the clock twice a year is a ritual that is quite unpopular. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, many states have introduced legislation to ensure year-round daylight saving time. Here’s an update on the battle to end it.
In March 2022, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation that would make daylight saving time permanent beginning in November 2023, meaning Americans would stop switching their clocks back or forward twice a year, according to NBC News.
The legislation must first be approved by the House of Representatives, then signed by President Joe Biden before Americans can kiss the time change goodbye.
While the House has yet to pass the “Sunshine Protection Act,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone supports ending daylight saving time, but is undecided whether to support daylight saving or standard time as a permanent option.
A study published in Cell Press in 2020 found that an annual leap forward increases the risk of fatal traffic accidents by 6%. The University of Michigan found a 24% increase in the number of heart attacks that occurred on Mondays just after the time change compared to other Mondays.
Didn’t Californians vote to end daylight saving time in 2020?
Yes, Californians do. So why do we keep changing our clocks?
San Diego residents may remember the 2018 vote on California’s Proposition 7.
That proposal passed with nearly 60% of the vote, giving the California legislature the ability to change daylight saving time, according to Ballotpedia.
Proposition 7 didn’t actually change DST, it just gave state lawmakers the ability to actually change it IF they got a two-thirds vote for it and IF the federal government already allowed it.
What would San Diego be like if it was daylight saving time Was Permanently?
Hypothetically speaking, if Daylight Saving Time (the time from March to November) was set to permanent, what time would sunrise and sunset be in San Diego? Here’s what it would be like.
On November 7th (day after daylight saving time), the sun would rise at 7:12 a.maccording to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Systems Laboratory for 2022.
On Christmas morningmaybe you’re opening presents while watching the sunrise in the 7:49 in the morning
By the time the first day of spring approached March 20the sun rose in 6:52 in the morning in San Diego in 2022.
Due to the ritual of changing the hours, the sunrise will not occur later 6:52 in the morning during standard time (months between clock change ritual). During daylight saving time, the sun will rise several times after that 7 in the morningmostly in October and November.
Without Daylight Savings Time, San Diegans would likely be watching the sunrise between 7 and 8 in the morning in the winter months, which means winter mornings will be darker.
A lot of people who love the sun don’t like early nights. Here’s what a winter evening would look like without Daylight Savings Time in San Diego:
The sun on Thanksgiving this year I would set to 5:43 p.m But due to the time change, the sun sets earlier in the 4:43 p.m
Three months into the typical time change, San Diegans will be watching the sunset 18:26 Instead, we watch the sunset 17:26 on February 6
Overall, it looks like the sun is setting earlier with the time change.
If you like bright mornings in winter, you can advocate for daylight saving time. If you like longer afternoons in the spring and summer, you can also advocate for DST.
NBC 7’s Brooke Martell explains why we experience different amounts of daylight throughout the year.
Why is daylight saving time first in our country?
In 1918, the U.S. began having Americans change their clocks to allow for more daylight hours during the warmer months, according to NBC News. In 2007, the deadline was extended by four weeks. States are not actually required by law to observe daylight saving time. Arizona and Hawaii have chosen not to comply.
Why us Still Do you have daylight saving time?
In 1974, an energy crisis gripped the nation, prompting the Emergency Daylight Savings Act, which made daylight saving time permanent for two years. Congress ended the act early because people complained about dark winter mornings, especially for schoolchildren, according to NBC News. They then returned time to its original tracks.