Fact Check: Daylight saving time | WHEC.com

Fact Check: Daylight saving time

Nikki Rudd
Updated: March 15, 2021 12:46 PM
Created: March 15, 2021 05:40 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Have you checked your clocks?  If you haven't realized it yet, we sprang forward!

Every year - we get questions about daylight saving time. James, from Lyons, emailed us saying it has no useful purpose, so, we decided to do a fact check! 

Here's a little history for ya- Daylight saving time was enacted in the U.S. in 1916. The reason? To conserve fuel during World War One!  Fast-forward to today, a group of bipartisan U.S. senators wants to do away with changing the clocks and make daylight saving time permanent. That means we wouldn't have to "fall back" in November. 

Hawaii and parts of Arizona already don't observe the time changes. And so far, 15 states have seen similar laws, resolutions, or initiatives to make daylight saving time permanent. But none of those states include New York.

And here's the big problem: For states to make the change, a federal statute must be changed first. That's where the Sunshine Protection Act comes in. 

The debate has been going on for more than a century, but supporters say making daylight saving time permanent could improve your health, safety, and the economy! 

This isn't the first time this bill has been introduced in Congress, but it's never received a hearing. We'll have to see if it does this year. 

In the meantime, we'll "fall back" again on Nov. 7.


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