Lawmaker seeks to end semi-annual clock adjustments

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With daylight saving time ending Sunday, state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, Rome, is continuing to push for legislation he has sponsored that would eliminate the need to switch clocks back and forth each year in New York, according to a release.

Griffo’s legislation, “establishes daylight saving time as the year-round standard time of the state and the city of New York. The bill would be contingent upon a compact with neighboring states and the federal government passing legislation allowing states to adopt daylight saving time as the permanent standard measure of time.”

Daylight saving time was made permanent following the enactment of the federal Uniform Time Act in 1966.

As a result, most Americans advance their clocks by an hour in the warmer months so that it gets dark later and move their clocks back an hour in the fall. 

All states except for Hawaii and Arizona, as well as several U.S. territories, follow daylight saving time. 

Currently federal law does not allow for full-time daylight saving time, it could if Congress decides to take action, a release from Griffo’s office notes.

Over the last four years, 19 states (Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Idaho, Louisiana, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah, Wyoming, Arkansas, Delaware, Maine, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, California and Florida) have enacted legislation or passed resolutions to provide for year-round daylight saving time if Congress were to allow such a change, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In some cases, surrounding states have enacted the same legislation.

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