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Daylight saving time change is on a slow track

I understood there was a movement for California, Oregon and Washington states to abandon daylight saving time, but that it was waiting to be ratified by the state legislatures. I can’t find any current information on the subject, and it appears it will be business as usual this year. Is this still a possibility?

— Ray

You’ll still be setting your clocks ahead by one hour Sunday, March 14, as daylight saving time begins in America.

Oregon lawmakers passed a bill that would keep the state on daylight saving time year-round, which would mean no more rolling the clocks back an hour in November. Some areas of Eastern Oregon would be exempt.

Both Washington and California have to pass similar laws to keep the West Coast in sync.

Washington lawmakers have enacted similar legislation, and California voters cast ballots in 2018 directing their legislature to do the same.

The issue has come before the California legislature in the past, and came up again in 2020. However, a bill to make daylight saving time year-round died in a legislative committee last year.

Even if the California legislature does eventually approve permanent daylight saving time, Congress still needs to sign off on the change.

A petition started on Change.org has garnered more than 200,000 signatures. It asks Congress to pick either standard time or daylight saving time and stick with it year-round.

The petition notes some people favor standard time, while others like daylight saving time.

The idea for daylight saving time dates back at least to Benjamin Franklin in the 1780s, and it was used in the summer by some countries in World War I and II to save energy.

Daylight saving time became the law in the U.S. in 1966 with the adoption of the Uniform Time Act, although some states have opted out, such as Hawaii.

Research is split on the benefits and harms of daylight saving time.

Some research shows it can conserve energy, reduce crime, boost outdoor exercise in the evening and cut down on traffic accidents since more people are driving in the daylight.

Other research shows it takes a bit of time for people to adapt and they end up missing about an hour of sleep for several nights when daylight saving time first takes effect. That can hurt their productivity at work, cause them to eat more, lead to traffic accidents and increase their susceptibility to catching colds.

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