Save the shine


Lauren Lee

Over the years, daylight savings time has brought great controversy in the U.S Congress. With the Sunshine Protection Act, daylight or standard time will remain permanent and bring an end to the draining time change twice a year. With this bill passed, deer crashes will reduce along with depression.

Lauren Lee, News editor

 Twice a year, millions of Americans participate in setting the time on their clocks, either backward or forward. But over the years, support for ending a confusing practice that disturbs everyone’s schedule continues to grow. In March of 2022, the Senate voted to put a stop next year to the twice-annual changing of clocks, which supporters say will lead to brighter afternoons and additional economic activity. 

U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, who obtains jurisdiction over the issue, said the House continues to figure out a way to move forward. Legislative aides do not expect U.S Congress to reach an agreement before the end of the year. Supporters in the Senate would need to reintroduce the bill next year if not approved by the end of the year. Daylight-saving time has occurred in nearly all of the United States since the 1960s. Year-round daylight saving appeared during World War Two and was adopted again in 1973 in a bid to reduce energy use because of an oil embargo, and repealed a year later.

Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 a.m., the United States resumed standard time. Pallone previously said he backs ending the clock-switching but still decides whether to support daylight or standard time as the permanent choice. Supporters also argue that if approved, the so-called Sunshine Protection Act will allow children to play outdoors later, and reduce seasonal depression. It will also prevent a slight uptick in car crashes that typically occurs around time changes, notably incidents with deer. 

“People should consider going to bed earlier to get an adequate amount of sleep. I also suggest temporarily curbing nighttime caffeine, alcohol, exercise and blue-light usage. Eating your evening meal earlier might help, too. Fortunately, most people will only struggle for a few days to a week,” clinical coordinator at East Cooper Medical Center Jennifer Mackenzie said.

They also point to studies suggesting a small increase in heart attacks and strokes soon after the time change and argue the measure could help businesses like golf courses draw customers into the evening. Critics, including the National Association of Convenience Stores, say it will force children to walk to school in darkness during the winter, since the measure delays sunrise by an hour in certain places.

“While I appreciate the extra hour I  receive from daylight savings, it sometimes messes with my mental and state of mind. This morning when I woke up, I assumed it was 7:30a.m because of how bright it was so I rushed out of bed only to check my phone to see it was 6:40 a.m. It’s just an unnecessary adjustment,” senior Bryan Graham said.

Earlier this year, the White House declined to mention Biden’s opinion on making daylight-saving time permanent. Since 2015, about 30 states have introduced or passed legislation to end the twice-yearly changing of clocks, with specific states proposing to do it only if neighboring states do the same. The bill would allow Arizona and Hawaii, states who do not recognize the daylight-saving time, to remain on standard time, as well as American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

So far, 16 U.S states have passed the Sunshine protection act to make daylight savings permanent according to a tally from the National Conference of State Legislatures. In 2021, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill into law that would make daylight saving permanent, pending congressional approval.