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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: April 24, 2023 11:25 AM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Pennsylvania Daylight Protection Act, Adopting Atlantic Standard Time.
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation which would effectively allow Pennsylvania to adopt daylight savings time, year-round.

Uniquely, the proposal would first have Pennsylvania permanently adopt standard time, thus opting the state out of the federal Uniform Time Act of 1966. Subsequently, if more than one contiguous state enacts similar legislation, the act would require our Governor to petition the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to move Pennsylvania into the Atlantic Standard Time Zone. In other words, putting us an hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time permanently.

For too long, most of our country has participated in the biannual tradition of changing time, an hour back in the fall and an hour forward the following spring. While the practice may have had its merits at the time the concept was established and gained traction in developed countries over 100 years ago, the practice has also since been abandoned by many countries due to the constraints and confusion the changes can impact on the both the human psyche and society.

My hope would be that the federal government takes up this issue to ensure uniformity across the country, however, in the mean time I feel that the Keystone state should advance the idea and start the trend for eastern coast states and our region. I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

This legislation was previously introduced as SB 384 last session, I hope you join me in supporting this legislation.

Introduced as SB796