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Love it or hate it, it’s coming up: Daylight saving time.
This time, get ready to “fall back.” At 2 a.m. EST Sunday, Nov. 6, Georgia residents will have to set their clocks back by one hour.
The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill called the “Sunshine Protection Act,” which was introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida. But the measure has not yet been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, nor has it been signed into law by President Biden.
According to the Athens Banner Herald, legislation the General Assembly passed last March adopting year-round daylight saving time won’t take effect unless and until Congress makes the change at the national level.
Georgia lawmakers approved the permanent daylight saving time bill on the final day of this year’s legislative session.
The state Senate showed a preference for standard time in February by passing a bill putting Georgia on standard time permanently.
The Georgia House of Representatives sided with daylight saving time, passing its bill toward the end of its 2021 session. The Senate then went with that version on final passage.
While the House and Senate initially disagreed over standard versus daylight time, lawmakers in both chambers were united in their desire to stop forcing Georgians to switch back and forth twice a year.
Up to Congress: Georgia law to keep daylight saving time all year won’t stop switch
In March 2021, Georgia lawmakers chose permanent daylight saving time
Here are some things to know about daylight saving time, fall back and spring forward.
According to, “daylight saving time is the practice of setting the clocks one hour ahead of standard time to make use of more sunlight in the spring, summer, and fall evenings. Daylight Saving Time (DST) is used to save energy and make better use of daylight. It was first used in 1908 in Thunder Bay, Canada.” 
Daylight saving time became a national standard in 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act, which was established as a way to continue to conserve energy. The thinking was, if it’s light out longer, that’s less time you’ll need to use lights in your home.
It’s daylight saving time. No hyphen, no apostrophe and no extra S in the phrase. Also, no capitalization. However, for people searching the term online, these results come up: “Daylight Saving Time,” “daylight savings” and “daylight savings time.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation oversees the nation’s time zones and the uniform observance of daylight saving time, according to The oversight of time zones was assigned to the DOT to help keep track of transportation.
Daylight saving time is at 2 a.m. EST Sunday, Nov. 6. Georgia residents will need to “fall back” or set their clock back one hour.
Daylight saving time for 2023 will be at 2 a.m. EST Sunday, March 12, for “spring forward” and 2 a.m. EST Sunday, Nov. 5, for “fall back.”
The Sunshine Protection Act would permanently extend daylight saving time from eight months of the year to the full 12 months. The bill was first introduced in January 2021 and reintroduced by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and seven other bipartisan members of Congress in March 2022. The bill would make daylight saving time permanent across the U.S.
Click here to read the Sunshine Protection Act bill from
The Standard Time Act of 1918 was the first federal law that implemented standard time and daylight saving time.
The U.S. Department of Transportation states, “federal oversight of time zones began in 1918 with the enactment of the Standard Time Act, which vested the Interstate Commerce Commission with the responsibility for establishing boundaries between the standard time zones in the U.S. This responsibility was transferred from the Interstate Commerce Commission to DOT when Congress created DOT in 1966.”
In 1966 when the U.S. Department of Transportation was created, the Uniform Time Act established a system of uniform daylight saving time across the U.S. It simplified when and where daylight saving time would take effect.
Arizona and Hawaii do not recognize DST. There’s also no no need to change the clocks in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.
More than 30 states are considering legislation related to the practice of changing clocks twice a year, and seven states —  Alabama, Arkansas, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and Florida — have already approved the legislation. However, these states still need the OK from Congress to enact the change.
Daylight saving time is used in more than 70 countries worldwide and affects more than a billion people each year. The beginning and end dates vary from one country to another.
If permanent daylight saving time takes effect, the biggest pro by far would be no sleep disruption. No need to change your clock twice a year before, at or after 2 a.m. on a Sunday in the fall and spring.
Other perks would be more time during the day to be out and about, and experts say it’s better for your health — no sleep disruption. No preparing-for-bed or waking-up habits to change.
Contributing: Dave Williams, Athens Banner Herald; Mike Snider, USA TODAY; Ginny Beagan, USA TODAY Network-Florida


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