Time’s up. Illinois lawmaker to push bill making daylight saving time permanent ⏰


SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, on Wednesday said he plans to use the veto session to push through legislation that would end the practice of changing clocks for daylight saving time. 

Lawmakers are going back to Springfield next week for the final three days of the fall veto session. Senate Bill 533 calls for setting clocks ahead one hour to daylight saving time on Sunday, March 8, then leaving the state on Central Daylight Time permanently.

“So we’re going to give this a whirl next week in the #ILSenate. SB 533 would end the arbitrary time change & IL would join other states,” Manar tweeted.

Manar said the idea for the bill came to him from a Carlinville High School student.

Daylight saving time was used sporadically during the first half of the 20th century. The idea was to move one hour of daylight from morning to evening in order to give people more daylight time after work or school.

During Word War II, President Franklin Roosevelt instituted it year-round, calling it “War Time.” That ended after the Japanese surrender in August 1945 when the nation returned to “Peace Time.”

But it came back in 1966 when Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which included provisions for using daylight saving time half the year, in order to standardize time across the country and avoid confusion in the transportation and broadcasting industries.

Under the current schedule, clocks are moved forward one hour at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, then moved back one hour, to Standard Time, the first Sunday in November.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, daylight saving time reduces energy consumption because it reduces the need for household lighting and appliances. The agency also says it helps prevent traffic accidents and reduces crime because more people are traveling to and from work or school and conducting daily activities during daylight hours.

A spokesman for Amtrak said in an interview that the twice-yearly shift causes some inconvenience for the railroad, especially in November when clocks are turned back, forcing trains that are running around 2 a.m. that Sunday to stop for one hour so the clocks can catch up to the train schedule.

Manar’s bill passed out of the State Government Committee on May 23 and has since been referred to another committee.

Lawmakers return to the Statehouse on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and will continue through Thursday, Nov. 14.

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November 6, 2019 at 06:02PM

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