Daylight Saving Time | State Legislation

10/8/2021

Clock face in an outdoor setting.

March to November 

The daylight saving time (DST) period in the U.S. begins each year on the second Sunday in March when clocks are set forward by one hour. They are turned back again to standard time on the first Sunday in November as DST ends.

State legislatures continue to grapple with the vexing and multifaceted state policy questions regarding the biannual changing of the clocks. Most all of the states have considered legislation over the last several years that would place the state permanently on either standard time or daylight saving time. Since 2015, at least 350 bills and resolutions have been introduced in virtually every state, but none of significance passed until 2018, when Florida became the first state to enact legislation to permanently observe DST, pending amendment of federal law to permit such action.

In the last four years, 19 states have enacted legislation or passed resolutions to provide for year-round daylight saving time, if Congress were to allow such a change, and in some cases, if surrounding states enact the same legislation. Because federal law does not currently allow full-time DST, Congress would have to act before states could adopt changes. The 19 states are: 

  • Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota, Mississippi and Montana (2021).
  • Idaho, Louisiana, Ohio (resolution), South Carolina, Utah and Wyoming (2020). 
  • Arkansas, Delaware, Maine, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington (2019). 
  • Florida (2018; California voters also authorized such a change that year, but legislative action is pending).

Some states have commissioned studies on the topic including Massachusetts (2017) and Maine (2021).

States With Enacted Legislation/Resolutions to Provide for Year-Round Daylight Saving Time

US map showing states with enacted daylight saving legislation.

Background

Sun dial in City Park, Denver.The U.S. had daylight saving time as early as 1918, with the current federal policy being enacted in 1966, as the Uniform Time Act. Several changes occurred along the way, mostly altering the start and end dates of DST. The current enactment was part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The U.S. Department of Transportation is responsible for overseeing DST and the country’s time zones. All states but Hawaii and Arizona (except the Navajo Nation) observe DST. The territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands also do not observe DST. Federal law allows a state to exempt itself from observing daylight saving time, upon action by the state legislature, but does not allow the permanent observance of DST.

The policy debate has many angles. DST was originally enacted as a way to save energy by giving more daylight in the evening hours, but some studies have called into question the degree of energy savings. Other studies have shown negative impacts on people’s health and circadian rhythms because of time changes as well as a higher number of car crashes and workplace injuries in the days after a time change. The Transportation Department website states that DST saves energy, saves lives and prevents traffic injuries, and it reduces crime since people tend to be out and about more in daylight hours as opposed to the night when most crimes are committed.

It would seem that a primary complaint of those seeking a change from the current situation is the act of time switching itself, and the problems that it creates. Opinions are mixed on the benefits of daylight time versus standard time, but the actual March and November time changes are almost universally reviled because of all the accompanying adjustments we must make, like coming home from work in the dark and the slower-than-expected resetting of our internal time clocks. State legislatures have introduced bills over the last several years that would place their states on either side of the issue, either staying on standard time permanently or making permanent daylight saving time.

State Legislation 2021

Legislation in 2021

At least 33 states have introduced 80 pieces of legislation addressing DST in 2021. Of those, 19 states are currently considering 45 pieces of DST-related legislation, and at least six states—Alabama, Georgia, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi and Montana—have enacted legislation. Most of the proposed measures would establish DST as the official time year-round, subject to an authorizing federal law and in some cases contingent on surrounding states enacting similar legislation.

The map shows pending, enacted and failed bills in 2021.US map showing states with enacted Daylight Saving legislation. 

Daylight Saving Time 2021 Laws, Bills and Resolutions
State

Bill Number

Prime

Sponsor

Status

Summary

Alabama

HB 321 (2021)

Kitchens (R-27)

Failed

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
HB 576
(2021)

 
Whorton (R-22) Failed
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
SB 388 (2021) Livingston (R-008) Enacted (5/13/21)
  • Adopts DST year-round, subject to congressional authorization.

Alaska

HB 31

(2021)

Ortiz (I-36)

Pending

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization on or before Dec. 31, 2030.

Arkansas

HB 1017

(2021)

Rye (R-54)

Pending

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
Connecticut HB 5459 (2021 Vail (R-052) Failed
  • Requires the state to adopt Atlantic Standard Time upon the enactment of legislation in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York adopting said time and federal approval of the change.
HB 5877 (2021) Phipps (D-100) Failed
  • Requires the state to adopt Atlantic Standard Time upon the enactment of legislation in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York adopting said time and federal approval of the change.

Georgia

HB 44

(2021)

Cantrell (R-22)

Pending

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.

SB 13

(2021)

Watson (R-1)

Pending

  • Provides for the holding of a nonbinding, advisory referendum election to determine whether the qualified electors of the state desire to continue the advancement of time from standard time to DST or to observe standard time or DST year-round.

SB 12

(2021)

Watson (R-1)

Pending

  • Provides that the state shall at all times observe the standard time of the United States.
  • Exempts the state from daylight saving advancement of time provisions of the U.S. Code.

SB 100

(2021)

Watson (R-1)

Enacted

(4/21/21)

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.

Illinois

HB 216

(2021)

Niemerg (R-109)

Pending

  • Provides that DST shall be the year-round standard time of the entire state.

HB 2609

(2021)

Butler (R-87)

Pending

HB 3321

(2021)

Welter (R-75)

Pending

HB 2946

(2021)

Morgan (D-58)

Pending

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round.

HB 3527

(2021)

Zalewski (D-23)

Pending

HB 2982

(2021)

Morrison (R-54)

Pending

HR 118

(2021)

Sosnowski (R-69)

Pending

  • Urges Congress to enact permanent DST.

Iowa

SF 8

(2021)

Zaun (R-20)

Pending

  • Establishes DST as the official time in the state throughout the year.

SF 335

(2021)

Senate State Government Committee

Pending

  • Establishes DST as the official time in the state throughout the year.
  • Takes effect when the states of Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin have all adopted DST as the official time throughout the year or enacted legislation substantially similar to this bill prior to July 1, 2031.

Kansas

HB 2060

(2021)

House Federal and State Affairs Committee

Pending

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.

HCR 5008

(2021)

Francis (R-125)

Pending

  • Urges Congress to extend DST throughout the year for the whole nation.
Maine LD 826 (2021) Bennett (R-19) Enacted
  • Directs the University of Maine system to study the potential effects of the state adopting Atlantic Standard Time.

Maryland

HB 1013

(2021)

Crosby (D-29B)

Failed
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
  • Makes the law contingent on similar legislation being enacted by all of the states and the District of Columbia.

SB 840

(2021)

Ready (R-5)

Failed

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
Massachusetts SB 2073 (2021) Keenan (D-Norfolk; Plymouth) Pending
  • Establishes Atlantic Standard Time as the standard time and exempts the state from the change to DST.

Michigan

HB 4052

(2021)

Hoitenga (R-102)

Pending

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
  • Becomes effective upon similar laws passed regarding permanently observing DST in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
SB 231 (2021) Irwin (D-18) Pending
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round.
  • Becomes effective subject to congressional authorization and when Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania have adopted year-round DST observance.
Minnesota

SF 2a

(2021)

Kiffmeyer (R-30)

Enacted

(6/30/21)

  • Provides for advanced standard time, also known as DST, year-round effective upon authorization by federal law.

 

HF 72

(2021)

Freiberg (DFL-45B)

Pending

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.

SF 149

(2021)

Kiffmeyer (R-30)

Pending

SF 1831 (2021) Kiffmeyer (R-30) Failed
  • Authorizes the state to observe advanced standard time year-round.

Mississippi

SCR 506

(2021)

Blackwell (R-19)

Pending

  • Expresses the intent of the Mississippi Legislature to observe DST year-round.

HB 269

(2021)

Zuber (R-113)

Failed

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.

HB 494

(2021)

Byrd (R-104)

Failed

HB 1062

(2021)

Arnold (R-3)

Pending

HCR 28

(2021)

Arnold (R-3)

Pending

  • Urges Congress to enact legislation to allow states to observe DST year-round.

Missouri

HB 617

(2021)

Rogers (D-18)

Failed

  • Establishes the “Daylight Saving as New Standard Time Pact,” consisting of Missouri and any other state desiring to abstain from observing DST.
  • Provides that in the year in which at least 20 states have passed legislation entering those states into the Daylight Saving as New Standard Time Pact, each state shall switch clocks to daylight saving for the last time and DST shall be eliminated.

HB 780

(2021)

Rogers (D-18)

Failed

  • States that Missouri will observe Central Standard Time and not DST regardless of what federal law requires.

HB 822

(2021)

O’Donnell (R-95)

Failed

  • Establishes the Daylight Saving as New Standard Time Pact, consisting of Missouri and any other state seeking to change permanently to DST.
  • Exempts the state from DST provisions under federal law.
  • Provides that in the year in which two states bordering Missouri join the pact, each state will permanently change its clocks to DST, and this time will become the standard time.

HB 848

(2021)

Sander (R-33)

Failed

  • Establishes the Daylight Saving as New Standard Time Pact, consisting of this state and any other state desiring to abstain from observation of daylight saving time.
  • Exempts the state from DST provisions under federal law.
  • Provides that in the year in which a majority of states bordering Missouri have passed legislation entering those states into the pact, each state will switch clocks to daylight saving for the last time and DST will be eliminated.
Montana HB 254 (2021) McNally (D)

Enacted

(5/10/21)

  • Authorizes year-round Mountain Daylight Time contingent on approval by U.S. DOT or Congress and similar action in other states. Exempts the state and its political subdivisions from Mountain Standard Time

 

HB 538

(2021)

Duram (R-2)

Failed

SJR 17

(2021)

Bennett (D-50)

Adopted

(4/15/21)

  • Urges Congress to enact legislation to allow states to observe DST year-round.

Nebraska

LB 283

(2021)

Briese (NP-41)

Pending

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization or any order of the U.S. secretary of transportation or are no longer in conflict with the laws of the United States or any order of the U.S. secretary of transportation and if three adjacent states adopt laws for a single year-round standard of time.
Nevada SB 153 (2021) Hardy (R-12) Failed
  • To the extent not inconsistent with federal law or if otherwise authorized by federal law, the state of Nevada and all political subdivisions thereof shall observe Pacific Daylight Time as the standard time for the entire calendar year.

New Hampshire

HB 85

(2021)

Yokela (R-Rockingham 33)

Failed

  • Provides that New Hampshire will use Atlantic Standard Time throughout the calendar year if Massachusetts and Maine also move to AST.

New Jersey

SB 420

(2020)

Turner (D-15)

Pending

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.

AB 3868

(2020)

Wimberly (D-35)

Pending

New Mexico

SB 102

(2021)

Pirtle (R-32)

Failed-Adjourned

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
SM 27 (2021) Pirtle (R-32) Failed-Adjourned
  • Urges Congress to support permanent DST nationwide.

New York

SB 1876

(2021)

Skoufis (D-39)

Pending

  • Directs the secretary of state to develop and submit an application to the federal government requesting that New York observe Atlantic Standard Time.
  • Becomes effective upon the passage of similar legislation in Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania regarding a switch to Atlantic Standard Time.

AB 3837

(2021)

Vanel (D-33)

Pending

  • Establishes a task force on DST to study the effects of New York opting out of DST.

SB 3813

(2021)

Griffo (R-47)

Pending

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.

AB 5791

(2021)

Morinello (R-145)

Pending

  • Provides that the state is exempt from the provisions of the federal Uniform Time Act that establish DST.
  • Takes effect Jan. 1, 2024.
AB 7258 (2021) Zebrowski (D-096) Pending
  • Directs the secretary of state to develop and submit an application to the federal government requesting that New York observe Atlantic Standard Time. The law would only take effect if Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania pass similar legislation.

North Carolina

SB 39

(2021)

Sawyer (R-34)

Pending

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
HB 307 (2021) Saine (R-97) Pending

North Dakota

HB 1321

(2021)

Devlin (R-23)

Failed

  • Would have exempted the state from establishing DST.

SB 2201

(2021)

Heitkamp (R-26)

Failed

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
  • Becomes effective subject to congressional authorization and when Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota each have commenced the observance of DST year-round as the standard time.

HB 1371

(2021)

Devlin (R-23)

Failed

Ohio

SCR 8

(2020)

Roegner (R-27)

Enacted

  • Urges Congress to enact the Sunshine Protection Act, which would permanently extend daylight saving time.

Oklahoma

SB 381

(2021)

Boren (D-16)

Pending

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.

HB 1660

(2021)

West (R-54)

Pending

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round.
  • States the standard time in Oklahoma shall be known as Central Daylight Time.

SB 843

(2021)

Stephens (R-3)

Pending

Pennsylvania

HB 335

(2021)

Mackenzie (R-134)

Pending

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
HB 846 (2021) Diamond (R-102) Pending
  • Prohibits the use of DST.
SB 384 (2021) Boscola (D-18) Pending
SR 36 (2021) Martin (R-13) Pending
  • Urges Congress to extend DST throughout the year across the country.

South Carolina

HB 3111

(2021)

Chumley (R-35)

Pending

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round.
  • Directs the state’s attorney general to request a federal waiver from the U.S. secretary of transportation.

South Dakota

HB 1214

(2021)

Hoffman (R-23)

Failed
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.

Texas

SJR 13

(2021)

Zaffirini (D-21)

Failed

  • Proposes a constitutional amendment abolishing DST in the state.

HB 1405

(2021)

Larson (R-122)

Failed

  • Authorizes a statewide referendum allowing voters to indicate a preference for observing standard time year-round or observing DST year-round.

SB 471

(2021)

Menendez (D-26)

Failed

HJR 78

(2021)

Larson (R-122)

Failed

  • Proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing a statewide referendum allowing voters to indicate a preference for observing standard time year-round or observing DST year-round.

SJR 30

(2021)

Menendez (D-26)

Failed

HB 1896

(2021)

Schofield (R-132)

Failed

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.

HJR 94

(2021)

Schofield (R-132)

Faifled

  • Proposes a constitutional amendment requiring the state to observe DST-round, if authorized by federal law.
HB 73 a (2021) Schofield (R-132) Failed
  • Requires the state, acting as authorized under federal law, to observe DST year-round. Applies to portions of state using central standard time and mountain standard time.
HJR 3 a (2021) Schofield (R-132) Failed
  • Proposes a constitutional amendment requiring the state to observe daylight saving time year-round.

HB 123 c

(2021)

Larson (R-122) Pending
  • Relates to observing standard time year-round or observing daylight saving time year-round based on the results of a statewide referendum.
  HJR 17 c (2021) Larson (R-122) Pending
  • Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to observing standard time year-round or observing daylight saving time year-round based on the results of a statewide referendum.

Vermont

HB 168

(2021)

Burditt (R-Rutland-2)

Pending

  • Exempts the state from observing DST.
  • Becomes effective on Jan. 1 of the year following the adoption of year-round “U.S. Eastern Standard Time” in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Virginia

HJR 541

(2021)

McNamara (R-8)

Failed

  • Requests the commonwealth’s secretary of commerce and trade to study the effects of DST on the commonwealth.

Wyoming

HB 71

(2021)

Bear (R-31)

Failed

  • Provides the year-round observed time of the state is Mountain Standard Time.
  • Exempts all areas of the state from Mountain Daylight Time.

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State Legislation  2020

Daylight Saving Time  2020 Legislation

In the last three years, 13 states have enacted legislation to provide for year-round daylight saving time, if Congress were to allow such a change, and in some cases, if surrounding states enact the same legislation. Full-time DST is not currently allowed by federal law and would require an act of Congress to make a change.

In 2020, at least 32 states considered 86 pieces of legislation, and seven states—Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah and Wyoming—enacted legislation. All of these would establish DST as the official time year-round, subject to an authorizing federal law and in some cases contingent on surrounding states enacting the same legislation. 

The map shows enacted bills in 2020.

 

State Legislation 2019 and 2020

State Legislation — Daylight Saving Time 2019 and 2020 

Six states—Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Ohio—considered 20 pieces of legislation related to Daylight Saving Time (DST), including “carryover” bills from 2019 and 2020 introductions. As of December 2020, 32 states had considered 86 pieces of legislation, and six states—Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, South Carolina, Utah and Wyoming—enacted new laws. Additionally, at least three states—Arkansas, South Carolina and Texas— pre-filed legislation for 2021 related to DST.

 

State Legislation—Daylight Saving Time 2019 and 2020

State

Bill Number

Prime

Sponsor

Status

Summary

Alabama

HB 215

 (2020)

Weaver

Failed-Adjourned

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
Arkansas

HB 1017

(2021)
Rye Pre-filed
  •  Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
Alaska

HB 43

(2019)

Rauscher Failed-Adjourned
  • Creates an exemption from federal law regarding observation of DST.
  • Provides that the Alaska Legislature petitions the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to hold public hearings in the state on:
    • Changing time zones. Or
    • Placing the state within the “Pacific Standard Time Zone.”
 

HB 173

(2019)

Eastman Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to an authorizing federal law.
 

HB 292

(2020)

Ortiz Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to an authorizing federal law.
California

AB 7

(2019)

Chu Failed
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to an authorizing federal law.
 

AJR 33

(2020)

Chu Failed
  • Urges Congress and the President to enact legislation that would allow a state to adopt DST year-round.
Colorado

SB 105

(2020)

Scott Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
 

SM 1

(2020)

Bridges and Scott Failed-Adjourned
  • Urges Congress to repeal the federal law establishing the annual advancement of time known as “Daylight Saving Time” and leave the U.S. on standard time year-round.
Georgia

HR 1240

(2020)

Cantrell

Adopted

(3/9/2020)

  • Urges the federal government to allow states to switch to permanent DST.
 

SB 351

(2020)

Watson

Failed

Adjourned

  • Directs the Secretary of State to conduct a referendum asking voters to select one of the following at the next general election:
    • N. 1. The state shall continue to observe the current system of switching between standard time and DST twice a year.
    • N. 2. The state shall not observe DST.
    • N. 3. The state shall observe DST year-round if authorized by Congress.
 

HB 628

(2019)

Cantrell Failed-Adjourned
  • Creates an exemption from federal law regarding observation of DST.
  • Provides that the state shall observe the standard time of the United States.
 

HB 630

(2019)

Cantrell Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
 

HB 709

(2019)

Cantrell Failed-Adjourned
  • Directs the state Secretary of State to conduct a referendum asking voters to select one of the following at the next general election:
    • N. 1. The state shall continue to observe the current system of switching between standard time and DST twice a year.
    • N. 2. The state shall observe standard time year-round.
    • N. 3. The state shall observe daylight saving time year-round if authorized by Congress.
Idaho

SB 1267

(2020)

State Affairs Committee

(Chair Lodge)

2020 Idaho Sess. Laws, Ch. 145
  • Provides that if the state of Washington establishes DST as the permanent time of the state, then those areas in the state of Idaho that are in the “Pacific Time Zone” shall also make DST their permanent time.
 

SB 1386

(2020)

State Affairs Committee

(Chair Lodge)

Failed-Adjourned
  • States that areas of Idaho in the “Mountain Time Zone” will follow “Mountain Daylight Saving Time” year-round at such time Utah establishes DST as the permanent time of the state.
 

HB 358

(2020)

State Affairs Committee

(Chair Lodge)

Failed-Adjourned
  • Creates an exemption from federal law regarding observation of DST.
Illinois

SB 533

(2019)

Manar Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round.
  • Specifies that such time shall be established, “notwithstanding how time is advanced pursuant to the federal Uniform Time Act of 1966.”
 

HB 3837

(2019)

Skillicorn Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round.
  • Specifies that such time shall be established, “notwithstanding how time is advanced pursuant to the federal Uniform Time Act of 1966.”
 

HB 3821

(2019)

Grant Failed-Adjourned
  • Creates an exemption from federal law regarding observation of DST.
 

HB 4935

(2020)

Welter Failed-Adjourned
  • Creates an exemption from federal law regarding observation of DST.
 

HB 4219

(2020)

Sosnowski Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round.
 

HR 750

(2020)

Sosnowski Failed-Adjourned
  • Urges Congress to enact permanent DST.
Iowa

SF 2020

(2020)

Bolkcom Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes “Central Standard Time” as the official time year-round.
 

SF 2077

(2020)

Zaun Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round.
 

HF 2059

(2020)

Sexton Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round.
 

SF 2282

(2020)

State Government Committee

(Chair Smith)

Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round.
 

HF 2560

(2020)

State Government Committee

(Chair Smith)

Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round.
 

HF 71

(2019)

Sexton Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round.
Kansas

HB 2422

(2020)

Williams Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes “Central Daylight Saving Time” as the official time year-round.
  • Directs the state Secretary of State to monitor the enactment of any federal law that permits the year-round observation of “Central DST.”
 

HB 2008

(2019)

Williams Failed-Adjourned
  • Creates an exemption from federal law regarding observation of DST.
Kentucky

HB 19

(2020)

Rowland Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
  • Directs the state Secretary of Transportation to monitor federal legislation and to certify the date of any legislation authorizing states to observe DST on a year-round basis.
 

HCR 53

(2020)

Reed Failed-Adjourned
  • Urges Congress to allow states to permanently adopt DST.
 

HB 352

(2020)

Rudy Amendment Failed
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round.

 

Louisiana

HB 132

(2020)

Horton

Enacted

(6/9/2020)

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to an authorizing federal law.
 

HB 134

(2020)

Mack Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to an authorizing federal law.
Maine

HP 659

(2019)

Bailey Enacted
  • This bill requires the State to observe so-called eastern daylight saving time year-round if the United States Congress authorizes states to do so.
Maryland

SB 517

(2020)

Ready Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to an authorizing federal law.
 

HB 1610

(2020)

Crosby Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to an authorizing federal law.
Massachusetts

SB 1869

(2019)

Jehlen Failed-Adjourned
  • Directs the Governor to annually issue a proclamation setting apart the second week of March as “Massachusetts Sleep Awareness Week,” and the Sunday at the beginning of “Daylight Savings Time,” and recommend that such week be properly observed as a period of special attention to the problems of sleep deprivation and fatigue.
 

HB 2766

(2019)

Provost Failed-Adjourned
  • Directs the Governor to annually issue a proclamation setting apart the second week of March as “Massachusetts Sleep Awareness Week,” and the Sunday at the beginning of “Daylight Savings Time,” and recommend that such week be properly observed as a period of special attention to the problems of sleep deprivation and fatigue.
 

SB 1870

(2019)

Keenan Failed-Adjourned
  • Creates an exemption from federal law regarding observation of DST.
  • Specifies that the standard time within the state shall be the time known and designated by federal law as “Atlantic Standard Time.” 

Michigan

HB 4303

(2019)

Hoitenga

Failed-Adjourned
  • Creates an exemption from federal law regarding observation of DST.
  • Directs the Governor to petition U.S. DOT to place the state within the “Eastern Standard Time Zone.”
Minnesota

SF 475

(2019)

Kiffemeyer Failed-Adjourned
  • Creates an exemption from federal law regarding observation of DST.
 

SF 1416

(2019)

Kiffemeyer Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to an authorizing federal law.
 

HF 1397

(2019)

Freiberg Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to an authorizing federal law.
 

SF 2896

(2019)

Kiffemeyer Failed-Adjourned
  • Urges the President and Congress of the United States to adopt the federal Sunshine Protection Act, which would make DST the permanently established time year-round.
Mississippi

SB 2041

(2020)

Blackwell Failed
  • Creates the “Mississippi Daylight Protection Act,” providing legislative intent that DST shall be the year-round standard time for the entire state, subject to congressional authorization.
 

HB 230

(2020)

Zuber Failed
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to an authorizing federal law.
 

HB 430

(2020)

Arnold Failed
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to an authorizing federal law.
 

HB 787

(2020)

Newman Failed
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to an authorizing federal law.
 

HB 514

(2020)

Ladner Failed
  • Creates an exemption from federal law regarding observation of DST.
 

HCR 17

(2020)

Arnold Failed
  • Urges Congress to allow states to enact legislation that that would establish DST as the standard time throughout the calendar year.
  SCR 562 Blackwell Failed
  • Expresses the intent of the legislature that DST shall be the year-round standard time.

Missouri

HB 1356

(2020)

Remole

Failed-Adjourned

  • Establishes the “Daylight Saving as New Standard Time Pact,” consisting of Missouri and any other state seeking to permanently change DST to a new standard time.
  • Provides that in the year in which at least 20 states passed legislation, each state will switch clocks to DST for the last time and DST will be eliminated.
  • Creates an exemption from federal law regarding observation of DST.
  • Specifies that the time known as “DST” will be the standard time.

Nebraska

LB 1015

(2020)

Briese

Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization or an approval from U.S. DOT and if two (2) other states enact a single standard of time year-round.
New Jersey

SB 420

(2020)

Turner Pending
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
  • Provides that the standing time of the state shall be considered “Eastern Daylight Time.”
 

AB 3868

(2020)

Wimberly Pending
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
  • Provides that the standing time of the state shall be considered “Eastern Daylight Time.”

New Mexico

SB 272

(2020)

Pirtle

Failed-Adjourned

  • Creates the “Interstate-Interjurisdiction Mountain Time Zone Permanent Daylight Saving Time Compact (Compact).”
  • Outlines eligibility to join the Compact, including designating an official of notice in each member’s enacting statute.
  • Establishes “Mountain Daylight Saving Time” as the official time year-round.
New York

 

SB 9077

(2020)
Griffo Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization. 
 

SB 7080

(2020)

Skoufis Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes “Atlantic Time” as the official time year-round.
 

SB 7230

(2020)

Little Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round. 
  • Specifies that such time shall be established, “notwithstanding how time is advanced pursuant to the federal Uniform Time Act of 1966.”
 

SB 3928

(2019)

Seward Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes a DST Task Force to study the effects of the state opting out of DST.
 

AB 1690

(2019)

Vanel Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes a DST Task Force to study the effects of the state opting out of DST.
 

AB 6622

(2019)

Morinello Failed-Adjourned
  • Creates an exemption from federal law regarding observation of DST.
  • Prohibits political subdivisions and state entities from using any other standard time.

North Carolina

HB 350

(2019)

Saine

Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
Ohio

SB 119

(2019)

Roegner and Peterson Failed-Adjourned
  • Creates an exemption from federal law regarding observation of DST.
  • Prohibits courts, public offices, state entities and political subdivisions from using any other standard time.
 

SCR 8

(2019)

Roegner and Peterson Adopted
Oklahoma

HB 2868

(2020)

Pae Failed-Adjourned
  • Creates an exemption from federal law regarding observation of DST.
  • Establishes “Central Standard Time” as the official time year-round.
 

HB 3878

(2020)

Brewer Failed-Adjourned
  • Creates an exemption from federal law regarding observation of DST.
  • Establishes “Central Standard Time” as the official time year-round.
 

HB 1117

(2019)

West Failed-Adjourned
  • Creates an exemption from federal law regarding observation of DST.
  • Provides that the state elects to use “Central Standard Time” as the official time year-round.
Pennsylvania

SB 774

(2019)

Boscola Failed-Adjourned
  • Provides that the uniform legal standard time of the Commonwealth shall be “Atlantic Standard Time” and that DST shall not be used.
 

SR 179

(2019)

Martin Failed-Adjourned
  • Urges Congress to extend DST throughout the entire year across the country.
 

HB 825

(2019)

Diamond Failed-Adjourned
  • Provides that the uniform standard time of the Commonwealth shall be “Eastern Standard Time” and that DST shall not be used as a standard of time.
 

HB 1462

(2019)

Mackenzie Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
South Carolina

SB 11

(2019)

Peeler

2020 S.C.

Act 113

(2/7/2020)

  • Provides that the South Carolina General Assembly intends for DST to be used as the year-round official time of the state, subject to congressional authorization.
  HB 3111
(2021)

 
Chumley Pre-filed
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round,
  • Directs the state’s attorney general to request a waiver from U.S. DOT. If such a waiver is denied, the law would become null and void ten days later.
 

HB 3335

(2019)

Clemmons Failed-Adjourned
  • Provides that the South Carolina General Assembly intends for DST to be used as the year-round official time of the state, subject to congressional authorization.
 

HB 4658

(2020)

Chumley Failed-Adjourned
  • Refers a ballot question asking, “Do you favor the Attorney General of South Carolina requesting a waiver from the United States Secretary of Transportation in order to permit and approve South Carolina to observe daylight saving time year-round and no longer observe standard time?”
  • If approved by voters, directs the state Attorney General to request a waiver from U.S. DOT to permit the state to observe DST year-round.
 

HB 3018

(2019)

Clemmons Failed-Adjourned
  • Urges Congress to extend observation of DST on a year-round basis.
 

HB 3246

(2019)

Chumley Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round.
  • Directs the state Attorney General to request a waiver from U.S. DOT, providing, however, that the provisions nullify if the waiver is not approved.

South Dakota

HB 1085

(2020)

Greenfield

Failed

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to an authorizing federal law.
Texas SJR 13
(2021)

 
Zaffirini Pre-filed
  • Abolishes DST in the state, effective Nov. 6, 2022. 
  • Takes effect on the adoption of the constitutional amendment by the voters.

Utah

SB 59

(2020)

Harper

Enacted

(3/28/2020)

  • Subject to congressional authorization to allow states to observe DST year-round, places the state on “Mountain Daylight Time.”
  • Contains a contingent effective date by specifying that at least four other western states (e.g., Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington or Wyoming) must also enact similar legislation.
Vermont

HB 559

(2020)

Yacovone Failed-Adjourned
  • Creates an exemption from federal law regarding observation of DST, providing that the standard time shall be, “U.S. Standard Eastern Time.”
 

HB 10

(2019)

Young Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
  • Provides that the new time may be designated as, “U.S. Eastern Daylight Saving Time.”
Washington HB 1196 (2019) House Cmte on Appropriations Enacted (5/8/19)
  • Allows for the observation of year-round DST if federal law changes to allow the state to do so. 

SB 5139

(2019)

Honeyford Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization.
  • Requires a review of the potential impact the time zone has on communities to determine if the state should seek authorization from U.S. DOT to be in “Mountain Standard Time” on a year-round basis. 
 

SB 5140

(2019)

Honeyford Failed-Adjourned
  • Provides that if Congress amends the law to allow states to observe DST year-round, it is the intent of the Washington Legislature that DST will be the official year-round standard of time.
  • Requires a review of the impacts the state time zone and DST have on commerce.
 

SB 5250

(2019)

Mullet Failed-Adjourned
  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to both congressional authorization and approval by voters at the next general election.

West Virginia

SB 106

(2020)

Cline

Failed-Adjourned

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round.

Wyoming

HB 44

(2020)

Laursen

2020 Wyo. Sess. Laws, Ch. 134

  • Establishes DST as the official time year-round, subject to congressional authorization and enactment of laws in at least four “western states” (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming) to place all or a portion of the state on year-round DST.
  • Exempts the state from “Mountain Standard Time.”
  • Requires the governor to inform the management council of the legislature regarding the date the bill takes effect.

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