On March 15th 2022 the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the S.623 – Sunshine Protection Act of 2021 from Senator M. Rubio ((R-FL), to make Daylight Savings Time (DST) permanent. Whilst this is one of the milestones for the bills complete passage, it must now head to the U.S. House of Representatives to be passed, and then into the hands of the President to sign and become actual law. The S.623 Sunshine Protection Act would mean that there is no more turning of the clocks back and forth. While the passage of the bill does require time as the process mentioned above, even when complete there could be a timeline set to specify when no more adjustments are required, thus the bill would make the year of 2023 as permanent.
The irony is that overtime no adjustment is going to be required, if there is nothing to go back to in terms of 1 hour forward or backwards. I especially understood the need for this type of act to be formed, particularly when we think about the various States of America where climate differs from North, South, East and West. But even so – if we delve deeper to think about the sociological construction of Daylight Savings Time, the length of the day changes according to season, even without a clock adjustment. Subtle, remarkable and important.
We can also connect with the earliest of time-keepers such as the sun and moon dials. What would probably require the adjustment is human attitudes, given the normalcy placed upon the changing of clock times.
Notes | It is with these thoughts I wish all the best for the passage of the S.623 – Sunshine Protection Act. I will look forward to hearing more about the legislation through the process, and also would like to add a point of neutrality with these words for those who oppose or are in favor. But given the scientific opinions and advice from health experts – there is of course evidence that suggests the turning of the clocks back and forth does harm human health, especially the body’s biological clock. Also as an aside: I really appreciated the name of this act: Sunshine Protection Act 2021 as a beautiful welcome, given that we are living amongst war-time.
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Helpful Links |
- CONGRESS.GOV – S.623 – Sunshine Protection Act of 2021
- Rubio’s Bill to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent Passes Senate
- U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health – Measurable health effects associated with the daylight saving time shift
- webexhibits.org – Daylight Savings Time | History & Info
- Image 1 – Link – Seal of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Image 2 – Link – Royal Museums Greenwich | Horizontal sun and moon pedestal dial
With Love & Kindness! 🙂