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H.R. 1601: Daylight Act

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Should a state have to get the Transportation Department’s approval to opt out of Daylight Savings Time?


Most states observe Daylight Savings Time (also known as Daylight Saving Time, but much less commonly), adjusting their clocks twice a year in March and November. Some states don’t observe it all, such as Hawaii and most of Arizona. And some states are trying to make Daylight Savings permanent: Florida voted overwhelmingly to do so in 2018, by votes of 103–11 in the state House and 33–2 in the state Senate.

But under current law, the Transportation Department must approve state changes to Daylight Savings Time.

In March 2018, GovTrack Insider wrote about the Sunshine Protection Act, which would make Daylight Savings Time permanent throughout the country. This ...

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Rob Bishop

Sponsor. Representative for Utah's 1st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 7, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Mar 7, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Mar 7, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 7, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 7, 2019

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H.R. 1601 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1601. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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