PRINTER'S NO. 378
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
36
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY MARTIN, SCAVELLO, PITTMAN AND MASTRIANO,
MARCH 10, 2021
REFERRED TO STATE GOVERNMENT, MARCH 10, 2021
A RESOLUTION
Petitioning the Congress of the United States to extend daylight
saving time throughout the year across the country.
WHEREAS, The Congress of the United States has adopted
various versions of daylight saving time since 1918, when the
policy originated to support the war industries; and
WHEREAS, Continuous daylight saving time was observed during
World War II, referred to as War Time, and was reinstated during
the 1973 oil embargo; and
WHEREAS, Daylight saving time is a policy issue for many
states; and
WHEREAS, State legislation that provides for advances in time
or changeover dates is superseded to the extent it differs from
Federal law under 15 U.S.C. § 260a; and
WHEREAS, The United States Secretary of Transportation
enforces uniform application of 15 U.S.C. § 260a across all time
zones; and
WHEREAS, Arizona, except for its Navajo Nation residents,
Hawaii and the insular territories are exempt from the biannual
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time changes; and
WHEREAS, Congress has noted such benefits as more daylight,
increased outdoor playtime for the children and youth of our
nation, greater utilization of parks and recreation areas and
expanded economic opportunity through extension of daylight
hours to peak shopping hours; and
WHEREAS, Federal Government analysts have further identified
positive effects relating to energy savings, traffic safety and
crime reduction; and
WHEREAS, The Sunshine Protection Act of 2021, introduced in
the 117th Congress, would institute permanent daylight saving
time nationwide; and
WHEREAS, Without congressional action, daylight saving time
ends November 7, 2021, and resumes March 14, 2021; therefore be
it
RESOLVED, That the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
petition the Congress of the United States to extend daylight
saving time throughout the year across the country; and be it
further
RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to
the presiding officers of each house of Congress, each member of
Congress from Pennsylvania and to the Office of General Counsel
of the United States Department of Transportation at 1200 New
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.
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