US Senate Approves Permanent DST Bill
The US Senate has passed a bill allowing permanent Daylight Saving Time (DST) in all US states.
If the bill passes the next stage, permanent DST will be the new standard time in all but two states in the US.
Effective in 2023
If the bill passes, states that use DST will not fall back to standard time but remain on permanent DST starting November 5, 2023.
This move might have happened in November this year, but the date was set to 2023 to give sectors with strict timetables, like airlines and travel industries, time to prepare.
Needs to Be Signed into Law
After the unanimous passing of the bill in the Senate, the legislation heads next to the House of Representatives. If passed in that chamber, it ends up on President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law.
The current law has only allowed states to opt out of DST, not to follow it year-round.
Originally Florida Bill
The bill is a win for Florida’s Senator Marco Rubio, one of its sponsors. He brought it to the Senate floor advocating brighter evenings and the boost it would give the economy—he has regularly reminded the federal government of the perks of permanent DST.
“The good news is that we can get this passed. We don’t have to keep doing this stupidity anymore. Why we would enshrine this in our laws and keep it for so long is beyond me,” Rubio said on the Senate floor.
Four years ago, at the end of March 2018, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed off on the bill dubbed the “Sunshine Protection Act,” sending it to Congress.
Many States Want to Remove DST
19 states have enacted legislation or passed regulations for permanent DST:
- 2021: Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Montana.
- 2020: Idaho, Louisiana, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming.
- 2019: Arkansas, Delaware, Maine, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington.
- 2018: Florida and California.
Similar Situation in Europe
The removal of DST was initially planned for 2021, but it did not happen. In 2020 and 2021, Europe, like the rest of the world, was busy handling the health and economic effects of Covid-19.
Negotiations have still not started in the European Council.
Not All US States Use DST
Hawaii observes Hawaii Standard Time (HST) all year.
Indiana decided to join the national DST regime in 2006 after abstaining from changing its clocks since 1970.