I’m tired of losing and gaining an hour of sleep every year.
In 2018, Californians approved an initiative to keep daylight saving time intact year-round. Clearly, the voters’ desires have not been realized since on March 13 the clocks went forward an hour.
The Legislature by a two-thirds margin needs to make this the law of the Golden State. Then it will take an act of Congress. This is because the Uniform Time Act of 1966 stipulates states need federal approval to stay on daylight saving time 365 days. However, if California were to stay on standard time every day, Congress would not have to act.
The problem in Sacramento is lawmakers can’t decide which time to be on year-round—daylight saving or standard. So, we are stuck with springing forward an hour in March, and falling back an hour in November.
Maybe the federal government will beat California to resolving this issue. The U.S. Senate on March 15 voted to make daylight saving time permanent starting next year. The House now must take up the Sunshine Protection Act before the president would have an opportunity to sign it.