More Foes of Switching Clocks as Daylight-saving Time Nears

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March 7, 2018

Florida is the latest state to make an attempt stop switching clocks back and forth.

The Florida legislature has approved such a bill, and Gov. Rick Scott need only sign that bill for it to become state law. If that happens, Florida residents will not set their clocks back in the fall but instead remain on Daylight-saving Time.

Daylight-saving Time

Already, two other states–Arizona and Hawaii–have made provisions to ignore the one-hour clock switch that occurs once each spring ("Spring Forward") and one each fall ("Fall Back").

As well, two New England states–Maine and Massachusetts–are considering joining the anti-clock-switch clans. Massachusetts has given serious consideration to move itself from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time. Maine is onboard as well, as long as Massachusetts and New Hampshire go along.

Across the Atlantic, the European Parliament recently voted overwhelmingly to make a serious investigation of abandoning the clock switch.

Daylight-saving Time is a relatively new concept, historically speaking. Its origins are thought to have come from a few enterprising individuals, Benjamin Franklin among them. Daylight-saving time as we know it today was first proposed officially in 1895 in New Zealand, by an entomologist named George Vernon Hudson. Hudson proposed lengthening the day by a full two hours. The the one-hour version that many countries now have was the brainchild of an English outdoorsman named William Willett.

The U.S. and other countries first approved Daylight-saving Time in 1918, in the wake of the First World War, but didn't find widespread favor until the end of the Second World War.

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