In a move that has been talked about for decades, the United States could soon adopt daylight saving time on a permanent basis, with the Senate unanimously passing the law on Tuesday.
The bill will now go to the House and, if passed, will be sent to President Joe Biden’s desk.
Here is what that bill means to you in the years to come:
When will the bill come into force?
According to the text of the bill, Illinois residents will have to change their watch at least two more times. The new time will not be fully effective until 2023, and the watches will not be returned until after daylight saving time in March next year.
After March 2023, no time change will occur in most parts of the United States.
How will this change affect the winter in the Midwest?
Illinois residents usually have the sun set after 4pm in December, but that will certainly change with the permanent daylight saving time, and this year’s early sunset will occur on December 8, 2023 at 5:21 pm.
Twilight will allow a little remaining daylight to stick until just before 6 p.m.
The real change will occur at sunrise. As time shifts forward by an hour, the good part of winter is that sunrise does not occur after 8 a.m., which means that the morning trips of students and workers are slightly darker.
In fact, for almost two months from December 4 to February 3, there is no sunrise after 8 am.
Summer daylight saving time is already in effect so the early sunrise of the year (June 13) and the latest sunset of the year (June 24) will not be affected.
* Note: All the times listed here are accurate in the winter of 2023 and 2024, the first season in which the new times are in effect.
According to Reuters, at least 30 states have introduced legislation to end the practice of changing the time each year, and cited a study that found that 71% of Americans support ending the time change each year.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Marco Rubio said giving children more sunlight after school would allow them to move to a safer home, spend more time outside and enjoy other health benefits. He also argued that such a change would have economic benefits.
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