Senate votes to make daylight saving time permanent

Senate votes to make daylight saving time permanent

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According to NBC News, The Senate approved legislation Tuesday (March 15) that would make daylight saving time permanent in the U.S. starting next year.

The chamber quickly approved The Sunshine Protection Act yesterday through unanimous consent, which allows legislation to pass the Senate with a simple voice vote if no senator objects.

Those who support the bill say it will have a better impact on seasonal depression and allow kids to play outside longer.

Daylight saving time started in the U.S. in 1918 to create more daylight hours during warmer months. It was extended by four weeks starting in 2007. States are not required to follow daylight saving time — Hawaii and most of Arizona do not observe it.

Under the legislation, states with areas exempt from daylight saving time would be permitted to choose standard time for those areas.

The bill now heads to the House to President Joe Biden’s desk. 

Source: NBC News