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Fall back? Yes, we're still doing that

At 2 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1, Oregonians will again engage in our annual “fall back” ritual of setting our clocks back an hour to 1 a.m. in order to reclaim the hour that was stolen from us last March. Why are we still doing this? Didn’t Oregon Senate Bill 320 put this tradition out of its misery?

— Archie, via email

Not yet, Archie. While it’s true that the bill designed to abolish twice-a-year time changes in Oregon was signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown in June of 2019, it cannot be implemented until Congress approves the time change, and that hasn’t happened yet.

There’s reason for optimism, however. The 2019 Sunshine Protection Act, pushed hard by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, has bipartisan support that includes 13 co-sponsors — five Democrats and eight Republicans. It’s still in stall mode, though.

Several states, including Washington and California, have passed similar laws that would make daylight saving time permanent with congressional approval, but a national time standard would face at least some opposition. According to the Orlando Sentinel, for instance, the Florida Parent Teacher Association has raised concerns about the dangers to children waiting for buses in the dark.

The good news for Oregonians in favor of never falling back or springing forward again is that SB 320 was built to survive even the glacial pace of government. How, exactly? The amendment to ORS 187.110 will only be repealed if it does not become operative by Dec. 1, 2029. OK, lawmakers, the clock is ticking.

Send questions to “Since You Asked,” Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501 or by email to youasked@rosebudmedia.com. We’re sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.