Daylight saving time law still doesn't have congressional OK

Florida lawmakers voted to “lock the clock” in 2018 to keep daylight saving time permanent but congressional approval is required and that hasn’t happened yet.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Daylight saving time ends this weekend, which means we “fall back” one hour on Sunday morning.

The time change officially happens at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6.

But Florida lawmakers voted to “lock the clock” in 2018 to keep daylight saving time permanent in the state.

So why are we still doing this time change?

THE QUESTION

Do we still have to change our clocks in Florida even though lawmakers voted to make daylight saving time permanent?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

This is true.

Yes, despite Florida law, we still have to “fall back” and end daylight saving time because congressional approval is required. It hasn’t happened yet.

WHAT WE FOUND

Florida lawmakers approved a bipartisan measure called the Sunshine Protection Act in 2018 to make daylight saving time permanent.

But this change requires federal approval, which hasn’t happened.

That’s because federal law only allows states to opt-out of daylight saving time and permanently remain on standard time. But under the Uniform Time Act of 1966, states that want to stay on daylight saving time permanently – like Florida – need congressional approval.

Unless Congress takes action, the time changes will continue.

So what’s happening in Congress?

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved the Sunshine Protection Act, which was reintroduced in 2021 by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on March 15, 2022. Rubio previously introduced the Sunshine Protection Act in 2019.

The legislation would make daylight saving time the permanent standard time throughout the country starting on Nov. 5, 2023. That means we wouldn’t change our clocks, or “fall back,” in November and would have a full year of daylight saving time instead of only eight months.

But the bill has some hoops to jump through before daylight saving time is the norm for everyone. 

As of Nov. 1, 2022, the bill hasn’t moved forward in the U.S. House. The bill needs House passage before President Joe Biden could sign it into law. 

That means people in the U.S. that observe daylight saving time will still move their clocks back one hour on Nov. 6, 2022.

What’s the deal in other states?

Daylight saving time has proven to be more popular than standard time and Florida isn’t alone in trying to keep daylight saving time permanent.

In the past five years, 19 states have either enacted legislation or passed resolutions to stay sprung forward on daylight saving time all year long, the NCSL says.

Congress in 2005 lengthened daylight saving time to start on the second Sunday of March and end on the first Sunday of November, but it has stopped short of allowing states to stay on daylight saving time year-round.

Currently, two states, Arizona (except the Navajo Nation) and Hawaii, do not observe daylight saving time. U.S. territories American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands also do not observe daylight saving time, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

VERIFY’s Megan Loe, Nate Hanson and Brandon Lewis contributed to this report.  

The VERIFY team works to separate fact from fiction so that you can understand what is true and false. Please consider subscribing to our daily newsletter, text alerts and our YouTube channel. You can also follow us on Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok. Learn More »

Follow Us

Want something VERIFIED?


Text: 202-410-8808

You May Also Like
CBS Evening News, February 1, 2023

CBS Evening News, February 1, 2023

CBS Evening News, February 1, 2023 – CBS News Watch CBS News…
Rainy, Rainy Thursday…Then a cold, breezy, but Sunny Friday

Rainy, Rainy Thursday…Then a cold, breezy, but Sunny Friday

Thursday: Rain. That pretty much sums up Thursday. Showers will be intermittent…
Huckabee Sanders to deliver Republican response to Biden's State of the Union

Huckabee Sanders to deliver Republican response to Biden's State of the Union

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is set to deliver the Republican response…
Man charged for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktail at New Jersey synagogue held without bail

Man charged for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktail at New Jersey synagogue held without bail

A man suspected of throwing a Molotov cocktail at the front door…
Police: Man recovering after shooting on Jacksonville's Mid-Westside

Police: Man recovering after shooting on Jacksonville’s Mid-Westside

The suspect has not been found, police said. Author: firstcoastnews.com …
Biden meets with McCarthy on debt ceiling amid classified document searches

Biden meets with McCarthy on debt ceiling amid classified document searches

Biden meets with McCarthy on debt ceiling amid classified document searches –…
GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde Shares AR-15 Lapel Pins With Republican Colleagues; Democrats and Gun-Control Karens Lose Their Minds

GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde Shares AR-15 Lapel Pins With Republican Colleagues; Democrats and Gun-Control Karens Lose Their Minds

The opinions expressed by contributors are their own and do not necessarily…
While we may be more familiar with common pronunciations like Pinot Noir or Prosecco, some wines are more intimidating to pronounce (stock image)

You’ve been pronouncing your favourite wine all wrong!

You’ve been pronouncing your favourite wine all wrong! Experts reveal the correct…