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18 States That Have Passed Permanent Daylight Savings Time and Why They Haven’t Implemented It

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Come Sunday at 2:00 a.m. EST, Daylight Saving Time is coming to an end. An hour repeats, because the 20th-century federal government decided it should. It gets dark at 4:30 p.m, and we’re Googling SAD lamps while we stare into the night from the office window. For over half a century, we’ve accepted that this is normal.

But just in 2021, 33 states introduced Daylight Saving Time-related legislation to end this cycle, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. States want to adopt “Daylight Saving Time,” the time standard of summer, permanently, rather than switch to “Standard Time,” the name for the winter time system that sets us back an hour.

18 states have already passed legislation or voter authorization to make it happen. Who are they, and why are their people still plodding around in darkness?

The reason is more or less that the government should’ve settled on time a century ago. It implemented Daylight Saving Time during World War I to save on energy. After the war, it set the clock back again for farmers who wanted another early morning work hour and then enacted an optional DST again during World War II. It finally codified the spring forward-fall back federal convention in 1966. States can get out of the change, but that’s a false dilemma; they can only pick the icy confines of Standard Time, not year-round Daylight Saving Time. So we go with door number two, resetting our biological GPS to Iceland at risk of depressive episodes and cardiovascular disease.

The only states and territories which picked the former option are those with sun to spare: Hawaii, most of Arizona (except for the Navajo Nation), American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Marco Rubio introduced legislation in 2019 to break the pointless time trap, but for now, sun-starved citizens are stuck with stupid holdover time law when people got up early.

Here are the states that have passed measures to get on Daylight Saving Time.

Alabama

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When: 2021. Would convert Alabama to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.

California

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When: 2018. Would convert California to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.

Delaware

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When: 2019. Would convert Delaware to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.

Florida

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When: 2018. Would convert Florida to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.

Georgia

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When: 2021. Would convert Georgia to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.

Idaho

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When: 2020. Would convert Idaho to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.

Louisiana

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When: 2020. Would convert Louisiana to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.

Maine

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When: 2019. Would convert Maine to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.

Minnesota

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When: 2021. Would convert Minnesota to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.

Mississippi

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When: 2021. Would convert Mississippi to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.

Montana

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When: 2021. Would convert Montana to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.

Ohio

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When: 2021. Would convert Ohio to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.

Oregon

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When: 2020. Would convert Oregon to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.

South Carolina

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When: 2020. Would convert South Carolina to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.

Tennessee

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When: 2019. Would convert Tennessee to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.

Utah

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When: 2020. Would convert Utah to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.

Washington

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When: 2021. Would convert Washington to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.

Wyoming

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When: 2020. Would convert Wyoming to permanent Daylight Saving Time if Congress let it.

Why doesn’t it have Daylight Saving Time?: Congress won’t let it.