April 22, 2024

Clocks fall back this Sunday – Where Does the Daylight Protection Act stand?

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Jake Sias
Grant County Herald

Daylight Savings Time will conclude this Sunday, November 5, prompting millions of Americans to set their clocks back one hour. This ritual, twice-annually observed by most of the United States since the first world war, has once again ignited public debate about its relevance and utility. Central to this discussion is the Daylight Protection Act, a piece of legislation that has drawn significant attention, despite facing an uncertain path through Congress.

Originally conceived as a wartime measure to conserve fuel, Daylight Savings Time was later standardized by the Uniform Time Act of 1966. This act set the parameters for starting and ending Daylight Savings Time, but allowed states to opt out if they chose. Arizona and Hawaii are two such states that have elected not to observe the time change. Their decisions have added fuel to arguments suggesting that the practice may be outdated or even counterproductive.

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