The Sunshine Protection Act advanced through the US Senate earlier today, pushing forward a hopeful end of the twice-yearly clock change for a “new and permanent standard time.”
To become law, the act still needs to the House of Representatives’ support.
“It’s really straightforward. Cutting back on the sun during the fall and winter is a drain on the American people and does little to nothing to help them,” Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who introduced the bill, said. “It’s time we retire this tired tradition.”
A co-sponsor to the bill said this move is “a big, sensible step forward,” and it will “brighten the coldest months with an extra hour of afternoon sun.”
While these places do not “spring forward,” this piece of legislation will have no effect on Hawaii and most of Arizona, the Navajo Nation, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.