A bipartisan group of Senators on Tuesday introduced the Sunshine Protection Act to make Daylight Savings Time permanent, a change that would end the American practice of changing times twice each year.
On Mar. 14, the nation will “spring forward” and move the time ahead one hour. The twice-yearly tradition will remain in effect until “fall back” when Americans change time again on Nov. 7.
The bill was introduced by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), James Lankford (R-OK), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Rick Scott (R-FL) and Ed Markey (D-MA).
Rubio released a statement that noted his state of Florida passed a law in 2018 to end Daylight Savings Time. The Florida law requires a change to federal law in order to be enacted.
“The call to end the antiquated practice of clock changing is gaining momentum throughout the nation,” Rubio said.
“Studies have shown many benefits of a year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is why the Florida legislature voted to make it permanent in 2018. I’m proud to reintroduce this bipartisan bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent, and give our nation’s families more stability throughout the year.”
Rubio’s press release noted 15 states have passed similar legislation. Many other states are considering similar bills.
According to a fact sheet from Rubio’s office, Daylight Saving Time was created in the United States after Germany attempted to conserve fuel in 1916 during World War I. It originally only lasted for six months, but in 2005, Congress expanded the period to eight months of Daylight Saving Time and four months of standard time.
If the bill is successful, the change would be implemented right away. This November would be the last time the nation’s citizens will need to turn back time.