WASHINGTON D.C. (AP) – Illinoisans frustrated with springing forward and changing their clocks twice a year have allies in Washington D.C. who could make daylight saving time permanent.
Introduced last March, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s “Sunshine Protection Act” would permanently leave the nation in daylight saving time, meaning last weekend’s time change would be the last one.
“There’s no reason to keep doing it,” Rubio said Monday. “It’s time to go permanent daylight saving and end this once and for all.”
Advocate Scott Yates with LocktheClock said the change will help peoples’ health and safety.
“Heart attacks go up, strokes go up, workplace accidents, traffic accidents, the list goes on and on,” Yates said.
Several states have enacted measures to stop the time change, but would need an act by Congress before any change could be made.
Arizona and Hawaii don’t observe the biannual clock change, nor do any American territories. Illinois has pending legislation to do away with the measure; but after passing in the state Senate, it has yet to be assigned to a committee.