In the United States, most states observe DST — which starts on the second Sunday in March at 2 a.m. and ends on the first Sunday in November at 2 a.m. — for eight months out of the year, and four months of standard time.
But the Sunshine Protection Act, proposed by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, calls for not “falling back” in November and instead enjoying DST year-round. It would not change the country’s current time zones or the number of hours of sunlight.
“The call to end the antiquated practice of clock changing is gaining momentum throughout the nation,” Rubio said in a statement on Tuesday.
Not everyone observes the tradition in the US — Hawaii and Arizona don’t. The five major US territories — American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Island, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands — also do not observe DST.
He said such legislation would help give families “more stability throughout the year.”
Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts echoed Rubio in highlighting the benefits of extending DST.