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H.R. 1601: Daylight Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 7, 2019 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

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 ...



1st Session

H. R. 1601


March 7, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


To allow States to elect to observe daylight savings time for the duration of the year, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Daylight Act.


Optional year-long application of daylight savings time

Section 3(a) of the Uniform Time Act of 1966 (15 U.S.C. 260a) is amended—


by inserting or may by law apply the advancement of time described in this section for the duration of the year, after may by law exempt itself from the provisions of this subsection providing for the advancement of time,;


by striking the standard time otherwise applicable during that period and inserting the same standard time;


by striking may by law exempt either the entire State as provided in (1) or and inserting , by law, may apply either standard time provided for in paragraph (1) to the entire State,; and


by inserting , or may apply the advancement of time for the duration of the year to the entire area of the State lying within any time zone before the period at the end.