Waivers and permanent summertime

Waivers and permanent summertime

Waivers and permanent summertime

Waivers and permanent summertime, Currently, each state has the option to waive daylight saving time. Several states, including Massachusetts, Michigan, and Oklahoma, have at one time introduced legislation regarding opt-out.

Several other states (Alabama, Arkansas, California, South Carolina, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) have enacted laws to crack down on changing the schedule completely and implementing daylight saving time throughout the year. However, this is impossible under current federal law.

In 2021, a bipartisan group of senators reintroduced the Sunlight Protection Act, an attempt to make daylight saving time permanent in the US. Similarly, the Daylight Act would give states the option to observe daylight saving time throughout the year. Neither law has seen much progress so far.

Permanent DST was briefly established in 1974 by President Richard Nixon to mitigate the 1973 oil crisis. However, this lost support due in part to the dark winter mornings that come with daylight saving time.

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