BOSTON (WBZNewsRadio) - Senator Ed Markey joins Florida Senator Mario Rubio to co-sponsor the Sunshine Protection Act. The legislation would make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent and hence negate the need for Americans to have to change their clocks twice a year.
Sunday, March 13th, marks the annual "spring forward" of our clocks, as daylight saving time announces it's entrance at 2 a.m. local time for most of the U.S. It will stay lighter for longer into the evening but the sun will rise later in the morning than it has during the months of standard time. Standard time hibernates until Nov. 6. No time change is observed in Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.
Studies show that by extending DST year-round would have positive impacts on public health, the economy, and limiting energy consumption. In 2017, a special commission in Massachusetts voted 9-1 in support of year-round Daylight Saving Time in the commonwealth.
“Daylight Saving Time is an American tradition we’re ready to retire. It’s time to shed a light on the impact that just one additional hour of sunshine can give,” said Senator Markey. “My bipartisan legislation would not only extend American’s time in the sun, but would also hold positive impacts on our nation’s economy, energy savings, and mental and physical health. I am proud to be a co-sponsor of the Sunshine Protection Act— it’s time we tell Congress to lighten up and pass this bill.”
WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports