How About Daylight Saving Time Year Round?
Don't wanna spring forward? Don't like to fall back? How about daylight saving time year round? Michigan lawmakers have introduced bills to keep daylight saving time all year long. And yes, it's "saving" time, not "savings" time.
Daylight saving time starts 2 a.m. Sunday, March 14 and ends 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 this year. Efforts to keep Michigan on a permeant Eastern Standard Time have never passed the legislative process. Michigan legislators are deciding if the state's spring forward Sunday will be its last.
There is now a bill sponsored by by Sen. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, in the Senate and Rep. Michele Hoitenga, R-Manton, in the House, aimed at keeping Michigan on the daylight saving time schedule all year, pending Congressional authorization to let states make that switch.
Irwin stated to Mlive,
“The twice a year time change has no benefits for our state, and we should stop doing it immediately.”
28 states have considered legislation addressing daylight saving time. Hoitenga proposed a similar bill in 2019 for Michigan, but it didn’t pass. Hoitenga’s legislation includes a provision that would only put year-round daylight saving time in effect in Michigan only if surrounding states — Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — also observed daylight saving time all year.
Hawaii and Arizona are the only states that don’t observe the time change.