When daylight saving time 2022 starts, MD Eyes Permanent Change

MARYLAND — Like it or not, the mornings will get darker again when Maryland rolls back the clocks for the start of daylight saving time. But the Maryland legislature could put an end to the annual return trips over the time change.

Daylight saving time in Maryland begins at 2 a.m. on March 13. The practice is to set clocks forward one hour from standard time during the summer months and back in the fall. This year, daylight saving time ends on November 6.

The House of Delegates approved HB126, which would maintain permanent daylight saving time, on February 17. Brian Crosby said ending the biannual clock change “will keep our circadian rhythms healthy, reduce crime and help small businesses. I look forward to seeing this bill pass the Senate.”

The bill, if passed by the state Senate, would only make daylight saving time permanent when all surrounding states pass the same legislation and the federal government passes the measure, the government reported. OMCP.

The fundamental point of summer time is to make better use of natural daylight; however, not all states observe it.

Hawaii does not observe daylight saving time, nor does Hawaii, nor the US territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the US Virgin Islands. Most of Arizona skips the daylight saving time.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, nearly every US state has introduced legislation that would make standard time or daylight saving time permanent. In the past four years, 19 states have enacted laws or passed resolutions to allow daylight saving time year-round, should Congress authorize the change.

Federal law allows a state to exempt itself from observing DST, but does not permit the permanent observance of DST.

Daylight saving time has existed since the First World War. But it became the law of the land more than 50 years ago with the Uniform Time Act of 1966, although the exact dates – now the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November – have changed some over the years. .

Proponents can argue that longer evenings motivate people to get out of the house. The extra hour of daylight can be used for outdoor recreation such as golf, football, baseball, running and more. This also benefits the tourism industry.

However, reviewers say the cons outweigh the pros. Daylight saving time can disrupt our biological clocks and circadian rhythms, leading to restless nights and sleepy days. It is also difficult to quantify the economic cost of collective fatigue caused by daylight saving time, but studies have found a decrease in productivity after the spring transition.

Patch writers Adam Nichols and Matt Troutman contributed to this report.

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