Daylight Saving Time 2016 is here as the clocks change at 2 a.m. on Sunday March 13. So before you wake up tomorrow morning an hour of your time will have been plucked from your sleep and deposited into the elusive Daylight Saving Time bank.
While folks debate about the good, the bad and the ugly of the time change twice a year, other folks have actually done something about it. About a dozen states are considering abolishing the century-old tradition of Daylight Saving Time. Hawaii and Arizona are the only two states that don’t recognize the Daylight Saving Time, in lieu of changing their clocks twice a year, they operate in standard time all year round, according to Vox News on March 11.
As of today, Alaska and Rhode Island are considering bills that will do away with the twice a year clock change and place them “squarely in one time zone,” reports Vox News on March 11. Alaska wants to join the Pacific Time Zone, (the western part of the state occupies the Alaska Time Zone). The entire state of Alaska operating under the Pacific Time Zone would entail setting the clock in the summer position and keep it there for good.
California is working on legislation for abolishing the Daylight Saving Time program for their state and operating under the Pacific Time Zone 365 days a year. The opposite side of the nation also has some ideas about Daylight Saving Time as a few New England states are considering abolishing the twice a year time change. Following an op-ed in the Boston Globe newspaper, Massachusetts and Rhode Island lawmakers want to move their states into Daylight Savings Time all year round by moving into the Atlantic Time Zone.
Vox suggests, “The Globe op-ed argues this geographic realignment makes sense. Cities like Boston and Providence are so far in the eastern reaches of the Eastern time zone that during the winter, the sun can set as early as 4:15. By switching, those cities can reap the benefits of afternoon sunlight in summer and winter.”
It is up to each state if they want to recognize Daylight Saving Time or not. Opting out of the DST program would be much easier than attempting to get a state moved into another time zone. It is the U.S. Department of Transportation that makes all the decisions for the Daylight Saving Time Program in the nation. Just imagine the nightmare they would have if states started to change time zones when it came to train and plane schedules.
“For that reason, it’s particularly unlikely that the New England advocates of Atlantic Time will see their region switch over anytime soon. Disruption to train and airplane schedules alone – the time zone would switch crossing the New York state border — could be reason enough for the federal government to reject a change,” suggests Vox News.
SDPB Radio reports the proposed bill in California would allow the state to skip out on Daylight Saving Time. “That means for half the year, the state would be another hour behind the East Coast. A four-hour time difference would be a nightmare,”said Erik Davidson, Chief Investment Officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank. He continued with the negative aspects of the time change by saying, “The stock market would be opening up at 5:30 a.m. Economic data would be coming out at 4:30 a.m. That would be really tough,” he said.
Other states that are considering or have considered defecting from Daylight Saving Time have found it isn’t the easiest thing to do. In 2005 the governor of Indiana was, Gov. Mitch Daniels (R). He “suffered some political blowback after he pushed hard for the state to universally adopt daylight saving time,” reports The Washington Post in an archived article from last year. Other states who have considered this in the past, with many still working on this change are Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. Some of these states have tried and were shut down or backed out because of opposition, but most have not dropped the idea altogether.