With clocks springing ahead, lawmakers want more sunshine

Scot Gow works on clocks at Electric Time Company in Medfield

Daylight Saving Time returns at 2:00 a.m. this Sunday morning, March 10th.

On Sunday, March 10, 2019, nearly all the clocks in America will "spring forward" for Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m.

Germany was the first to introduce Daylight Saving Time during World War I, WQAD reported. It was repealed a year later, then re-established during World War II, and finally standardized in 1966. It became a cultural conflict between agrarian and metropolitan interests, said Michael Downing, an English professor at Tufts University and author of "Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time". Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam don't have Daylight Saving Time, per Reader's Digest. DST also causes more reports of injuries at work, more strokes, and may lead to a temporary bump in suicides.

Internationally, the European Union is considering scrapping mandatory Daylight Saving Time after a survey of 4.6 million European Union citizens showed that 84% were against the current clock-changing practice. During the 2018 midterm elections in California, 59.75% of voters said "Yes" on Proposition 7, which would all the state legislature to change the date and time of DST as consistent with federal law with a two-thirds vote. Tennessee falls in two different time zones and borders eight different states, tied for the most neighboring states in the nation.

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Watson went on to note that Daylight Saving's functional usefulness is very much a thing of the past. Just remember not to freak out in the morning when you see the time on your coffee pot while you'e groggily waking up, okay? The U.S. Fire Administration says that you should change the batteries at least every year unless the alarms are over ten years old.

Only a few B.C. municipalities - Chetwynd, Creston, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson and Fort St. John - remain on standard time all year round.

The study found positive effects in a number of industries but didn't go so far as to recommend making the change.

On Thursday, Sen. Marco Rubio, R- Florida, introduced Senate Bill 670 in the Senate, which would allow all states to switch to year-round daylight saving time if they pass a bill through the state legislature. The bright light will help set your internal clock, which regulates sleep and alertness.

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