Californians Voted For Year-Round Daylight Saving. Could Sunday’s Spring Forward Be Permanent?


A search on returns hundreds of petitions mentioning daylight saving time, most of which appear to support abolishing it.

In 2007, Daylight Saving got a few weeks longer, running from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

The official change occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, local time, although people often change their clocks before going to bed Saturday night. Clocks will be set back an hour, and you'll get an extra hour of sleep and lose a little bit of precious sunlight in the evening.

Benjamin Franklin, the brainchild of DST, proposed the idea in 1784 as a way to conserve energy, said David Prerau, author of "Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time" (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2005). But the shift to a permanent daylight-saving time plan isn't something states can decide for themselves: the measures require a green light from Congress in order to take effect, something both California and Florida have yet to receive. The practice fizzled out after the war until it was implemented again in World War II to save fuel and resources.

Daylight saving time has been practiced in the USA since 1918 when Congress passed Standard Time Act to conserve fuel during World War I. It lasted less than a year, but many states continued to follow daylight saving time changes since. According to Marketplace, the farming lobby was so heavily against the concept, they kept peacetime daylight saving law from being implemented in the USA until 1966. Domestically, 48 states recognize it, but Hawaii, most of Arizona, and U.S. Territories like Puerto Rico and Guam do not.

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Daylight saving time is 52 years old.


Premier John Horgan has said more people ask him about abolishing the time change than they do on any other issue. The first daylight saving time happened in 1918, during World War 1. Before it, many countries ran on solar time, which relies on the position of the sun in the sky.

But whether you like it or not, don't forget to change your clock. Here's what you need to know about Daylight Saving Time this year.

"People tend to shop, dine out, and engage in commercial activities more in after-work daylight", the commission found.

A woman sets her clock. Dickerson said it sounds far off, but there are already proposals at the national level to do away with Daylight Saving Time, and recently the Florida legislature passed a bill similar to the ones in Tennessee.