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Daylight saving time is coming. Here's when clocks spring forward

Marley Malenfant
Austin American-Statesman

Life is going to change for millions of Texans very soon.

Be prepared for the worst: losing an hour of sleep.

Sunday, March 10, will be a day of agony when the clock springs forward for daylight saving time.

Why is there still daylight saving time?

Ask your lawmakers. In Texas , state representatives last year took a side in the debate about axing one of the spring and fall clock changes.

The House voted 138-5 to approve HB 1442 and stay on daylight saving time moving forward.

The bill was sent to the Senate but as the 88th legislative session adjourned on May 29.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, if HB 1422 were to become law, Texas would join 19 other states that have passed measures for year-round observation of daylight saving time. The law can’t go into effect until Congress grants states the authority to observe daylight saving time year-round.

What are the origins of daylight saving time?  

The idea dates back to World War I, although some credit Benjamin Franklin for daylight saving time due to a satirical letter he wrote in 1784 stating: "Every morning, as soon as the sun rises, let all the bells in every church be set ringing: and if that is not sufficient, let cannon be fired in every street to wake the sluggards effectually."

To maximize resources for the war, Germany and Austria implemented the first daylight saving time in 1916. The U.S. did the same in 1918. , some argue.

Will daylight saving time ever become permanent? 

Maybe. In 2021, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced a bill — the Sunshine Protection Act — that would change the situation.

“This ritual of changing time twice a year is stupid,”. “Locking the clock has overwhelming bipartisan and popular support. This Congress, I hope that we can finally get this done.” 

The Senate approved the act on March 15, 2022, but it has yet to pass the House of Representatives, and then it would need the president's signature. No time has been set for the House to consider it.

Daylight saving time will begin at 2 a.m. March 10 as clocks spring forward one hour.