It May Not Be the Time You Think It Is

Daylight saving time is over
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 6, 2022 5:29 AM CST
Congress Has Just 17 Days to Act on Clock-Changing
Ian Roders fastens the hands to a clock at Electric Time Company Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, in Medfield, Mass. Daylight saving time has ended.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

It's that time of year: Daylight saving time is out, standard time is in. Standard time began at 2am local time Sunday and lasts until March 12, meaning most Americans should have set their clocks back one hour overnight Saturday. The time change means darkness will arrive earlier in the evening but it will be lighter earlier in the morning than now. However, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and most of Arizona do not observe daylight saving time.

The twice-a-year ritual has led some members of Congress to push to make daylight saving time permanent. The Senate in March passed a bipartisan bill, named the Sunshine Protection Act, to end the back and forth. The House has not acted on the measure. Proponents said the idea would have positive effects on public health and the economy and even cut energy consumption, per the AP. The Hill notes that lawmakers have just 17 legislative days left to pass the measure before the current term ends, and the Washington Post sees "little chance" of that happening in the lame-duck session.

(More daylight saving time stories.)

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