It’s Almost Time to “Fall Back” And It May Be For the Last Time (Daylight Saving Time)

by MCS Staff

On Sunday, November 6, 2022, at 2:00am we “Fall Back” as Daylight Saving Time ends.  While many of us enjoy the extra hour of sleep and lament the loss of longer days, this may be the last time if the “Sunshine Protection Act” passes through the house and moves on to President Biden. The bill would make Daylight Saving permanent and put an end to having to change your clocks twice a year. According to the H.R.69 – Sunshine Protection Act of 2021, this bill makes daylight savings time the new, permanent standard time. States with areas exempt from daylight savings time may choose the standard time for those areas.

As mentioned above, the bill still has to be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and signed into law by President Joe Biden, and that process has appeared to hit a “brick wall,” according to a July article by the The Hill. The article states that there are fundamental disagreements with the language of the bill, such as whether daylight saving or standard should be the permanent time, and the House having other priorities are the main reasons why the Sunshine Protection Act seems to have hit a snag.

Per The Hill article, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, recently told the Hill the switch isn’t a huge priority, they are trying to work on it. “If we can accomplish anything, it wouldn’t be until the fall,” said Pallone. Even if the bill is passed, it would not take effect until November 2023. That means that we will definitely “Spring Forward” on Sunday, March 12th, 2023, and could possibly be in effect by next fall.

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