Here are the states that are enacting laws to help make DST permanent: NPR


Mark Brown repairs a clock at Brown’s Old Time Clock Shop in Plantation, Florida in 2007.

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Mark Brown repairs a clock at Brown’s Old Time Clock Shop in Plantation, Florida in 2007.

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As Americans once again adjust to a modified schedule this Sunday, more states in the past year have joined the group in making daylight saving time permanent as soon as the the federal government approves it.

Twice a year, millions of Americans — except those who live in Hawaii or Arizona — participate in setting their clocks backwards or forwards. But over the years, support for ending a confusing practice that disrupts everyone’s schedule has grown steadily.

The sun protection law, which would make DST permanent for the entire nation, remains stalled in Congress. But here’s a breakdown of the states gearing up in anticipation of its passage, according to a tally by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Alabama

In 2021, Alabama lawmakers, along with former Governor Kay Ivey, passed a bill this would make daylight saving time permanent as soon as the federal government also passed a similar measure.

Colorado

In 2022, the Colorado House unanimously passed a bipartisan bill this would make DST permanent as soon as the US government approved a similar measure.

Delaware

Delaware lawmakers passed a bill this would place the state in the Atlantic Time Zone, thus permanently adopting daylight saving time, as long as the neighboring states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland did the same.

Florida

In 2018, Florida lawmakers became the first to pass an invoice this would make DST permanent in the state as soon as the federal government also approved the measure.

Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio sponsored the Sunshine Protection Act, which would make daylight saving time permanent for the entire country.

Georgia

In 2021, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp also signed a bill this would make daylight saving time permanent, pending congressional approval.

Idaho

Because the state is split into two different time zones, lawmakers signed a measure in 2020 that would make daylight saving time permanent for the northern part of the state as long as Washington State did the same.

Kentucky

In 2020, the Kentucky Legislature passed a bill this would make daylight saving time permanent, pending congressional approval.

Louisiana

In 2020, Louisiana lawmakers passed a bill this would make daylight saving time permanent as soon as the federal government passed a similar measure.

Maine

After a failed bill that would have moved the state clock forward one hour to Atlantic Standard Time in 2017, it seemed unlikely that the state would make a change.

Until two years later, when the Maine legislature passed a bill declaring that it would immediately adopt DST year-round, provided the federal government approved it.

Minnesota

In Minnesota, lawmakers passed two corresponding House and Senate bills this would make DST permanent in the state after federal approval.

Mississippi

In 2021, the Mississippi Legislature passed a bill this would make daylight saving time permanent as soon as the federal government passed a similar measure.

Montana

As in Delaware, Montana lawmakers passed a bill this would make DST permanent as soon as several surrounding states did the same.

Ohio

In Ohio, lawmakers adopted a resolution calling on Congress to pass the Sunshine Protection Act.

Oregon

In 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed a bill this would make daylight saving time all year round. But one of its counties, Malheur, would be excluded from this change because it is in a different time zone from the rest of the state.

Caroline from the south

In 2020, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed a bill this would make daylight saving time permanent as long as the federal government also approved the measure.

Tennessee

In 2019, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed an invoice this would make DST permanent following similar action by the federal government.

Utah

Utah lawmakers passed a measure this would make DST permanent following action by the federal government and similar action in at least four of the surrounding states.

Washington

In 2021, Washington lawmakers passed a bill this would make daylight saving time permanent for the state as soon as the federal government approved it.

Wyoming

Wyoming lawmakers passed a bill in 2020 that would make DST permanent for the state as long as Congress approves a federal measure and several of its neighboring states follow suit.

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