Markey Backing Effort to Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent
It’s Daylight Savings time, and that mean residents in the Berkshire, Massachusetts, and across the nation will be setting their clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night. For most of us, this is a pretty standard thing to do and for the most part we don't think too much about it. We simply take into consideration that we are losing an hour of sleep and plan from there.
There are some people however that are thinking about it very seriously... and looking to change it. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey and a bipartisan group of his colleagues in the U.S. Senate are looking make daylight savings time permanent across the nation. The Boston Globe is reporting that the group is reintroducing legislation that would make that a reality.
Markey is a co-sponsor of a bill titled the “Sunshine Protection Act.” Others who are backing the legislation include Florida’s Republican senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island.
This isn’t the first time that the lawmakers have tried to get this legislation passed. The bill was first introduced during the 2017-2018 Congressional session, and it actually marks the fourth time that Marco Rubio has tried to advance it. In fact, he calls the practice “antiquated” and he is apparently not alone.
Daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday of March each year, and runs until the first Sunday of November, when clocks are again turned back to standard time.
What do you think? Is this a good idea, or should we leave things the way they are? Odds are that this yearly debate will come and go once again, and we will all forget about it until daylight savings time next year.