The United States Senate approved a bill on March 15 that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent starting in 2023.
The Senate unanimously passed the bill, known as the Sunshine Protection Act, which would allow states with areas exempt from Daylight Saving Time to choose the standard time for those areas.
Senator Marco Rubio cited research that showed that an extra hour of sunlight later in the day leads to a decrease in crime levels and in seasonal depression. He also said that it gives more time for children to play outside.
Rubio also said that the implementation of the bill would begin in November 2023 to accommodate industries in the transportation sector that set their schedules far in advance.
The bill now heads to the House.
“The clock is ticking to get the job done so we never have to switch our clocks again,” Senator Patty Murray said on the Senate floor.
“I urge my colleagues in the House to act as swiftly as the Senate — let’s get this bill on President Biden’s desk and deliver more sunshine to Americans across the country,” Murray further said.
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