Some Michigan Reps Support Senate Bill to Make DST Permanent

To end the biannual clock change, the United States Senate unanimously approved a bill March 15 in favor of a “permanent new standard time” that would mean brighter winter evenings.

The legislation’s original co-sponsor, Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, is calling on his colleagues in the House of Representatives to “lighten up and quickly pass the sun protection law,” he said in a statement Tuesday.

Representative Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, agrees that changing the clock twice a year is outdated and unnecessary.

Representative John Moolenaar, R-Midland, has yet to choose a side, citing the need to consider which option makes more sense for the Michiganders as the reason for his indecision.

“There is a lot of interest in this topic and we need to figure out which option makes the most sense for Michigan residents,” Moolenaar wrote in an email. “It seems most people are fed up with the status quo and would like to use a consistent standard. This issue requires further discussion in Congress to hear various views on this legislation before the House votes on it. “

The bipartisan bill, named the Sunshine Protection Act, still needs House approval and President Joe Biden’s signature to become law. Nearly a dozen states across the United States have already standardized on daylight saving time, according to reports from The Associated Press.

“No more changing clocks, more daylight hours to spend outside after school and after work, and more smiles – that’s what we get with permanent daylight saving time “Markey said in a statement.

Daylight saving time was first adopted as a wartime measure in 1942. It is defined as a period between spring and fall when clocks in most parts of the country are set one hour in ahead of standard time, according to the Associated Press.

Americans last changed their clocks on Sunday. Standard time lasts about four months in most of the country.

Norman D. Briggs