WASHINGTON (ABC4 News) – The Monday after setting our clocks to spring forward, a Congressman from Utah is once again trying to give states the power to decide how to observe daylight saving time.
Federal law specifies that daylight time applies from 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March until 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November in areas that do not specifically exempt themselves.
Representative Rob Bishop introduced the Daylight Act in July 2018. The legislation would empower states to decided how daylight saving time will be observed. States could either continue under the status quo, operate year-round under daylight saving time or operate year-round under standard time.
Currently, states are prohibited from operating under year-round daylight saving time. States are able to opt out of Daylight Time altogether as in the cases of Hawaii and Arizona.
Bishop released a video statement and re-introduced the measure as House Resolution 1601 on March 7.
Monday, President Donald Trump shared a tweet that indicates he supports the idea of daylight saving time becoming permanent.
Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2019