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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: February 10, 2021 04:10 PM
From: Senator Scott Martin
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution urging Congress to make daylight saving time permanent in the United States
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce a resolution urging Congress to adopt legislation to end the archaic tradition of changing the clocks for daylight saving time in the United States.

Many believe daylight saving time began to help farmers, but this is a misconception. The practice began temporarily during World War I as a fuel-saving measure and was reinstated briefly during World War II. It was made a permanent fixture for most American states and territories in 1966 when President Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act.

Some studies show that the twice-a-year change actually leads to an increase of car accidents, work-related injuries, risk of stroke and heart attacks, and a loss of productivity costing the United States economy over $400 million a year.

Both Arizona and Hawaii are exempt from having to fall back or spring forward every year. In fact, Arizona has not changed its clocks in 53 years. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, over the last three years 13 separate states have enacted legislation in some form in support of this concept. At the federal level, the “Sunshine Protection Act of 2021” (H.R. 69) has already been filed. If signed into law, daylight saving time would be made permanent nationwide.

This resolution was introduced as Senate Resolution 179 in the 2019-2020 Legislative Session and was unanimously approved by the Senate State Government Committee.

I hope you will consider joining me in co-sponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as SR36