Georgia's quest to ditch daylight saving time depends on Congress
Why it matters: Georgia passed a law to stop falling back and springing forward — but nothing will happen until Congress acts.
Driving the news: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has reintroduced the Sunshine Protection Act, which was surprisingly approved by a unanimous vote in the Senate last year but wasn't voted on by the House.
- The bill — and companion legislation in the House — would eliminate the changing of clocks and "if enacted, the U.S. would not 'fall back' in November and would enjoy a full year of DST, instead of only eight months," according to a fact sheet on the bill.
State of play: Health groups have called for an end to the seasonal shifting of clocks, a ritual first adopted in the U.S. more than a century ago.
- More than two-thirds of Americans want to stop changing their clocks, according to a March 2022 YouGov poll.
Georgia is one of 19 states that have passed bills or resolutions since 2018 to make daylight saving time year-round if Congress acts, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Yes, but: Federal law says states can unilaterally move to standard time but must have the approval of Congress to adopt year-round daylight saving time.
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