Will NY & US Lawmakers Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent?
Efforts are underway on both the state and national levels to make Daylight Saving Time permanent.
It was a measure that was initially implemented to save energy. Regardless of its intentions, it seems it mostly taps our time and energy. And if you are on the side of eliminating our bi-annual 1 hour time jump, your wish could be coming true.
Daylight Saving Time Could Become Permanent In the Near Future
Efforts and legislation are being proposed at both the state and national levels that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent for New York state residents. First, according to a Spectrum News story, State Senator Joe Griffo and Assemblman Angelo Santabarbara are both behind New York legislation that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent on the Empire State. Surrounding states woud also have to apply the measure to gain federal approval approval, and at this point only Pennsylvania and New Jersey are looking at a similar change. So New York legislation could end up being a dead end.
There Is Hope: Another Effort For DST Time Nationally
However, what happens on the state level through could end up being inconsequential because there is also an effort being made by the federal government to make Daylight Saving Time permanent nationally. CNN says the senate passed 'The Sunshine Protection Act' this week to stick our 'spring ahead time' year round. The bill would still need to be voted in by COngress with a final seal of approval from the President. But if the bill does move forward, the permanent time change wouod go into efect in 2023.
The negative effect of the 1 hour time shift twice a year is well documented for it's negative health affects, and you need to look no further than your own disrupted sleep patterns this week that the time change throws your whole body out of whack. Not to mention that late day darkness at 5pm can just be dreary in the winter months. Havng that extra hour of daylight in the evening hours could lead to a much brigther winter existence for New Yorkers in the years ahead.
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