How Missouri Did Away with Daylight Saving Time, Then Didn’t
I just did what many people do in February. I got curious about when Daylight Saving Time is and learned something I did not know. Missouri decided to do away with the dreaded time change and then didn't. I have so many questions.
For the record, Time and Date says Daylight Saving Time is Sunday morning, March 12, 2023 at 2am. Good to know. Spring forward. Got it. (even though I don't want to spring forward)
That brings me to the subject of how I learned that Missouri did away with Daylight Saving Time completely then suddenly didn't. I saw this interesting drama shared by The Springfield News-Leader. It mentioned that the United States Senate voted last year for something called the Sunshine Protection Act. No, this is not a plan to lessen instances of sunburn like I suspected. It was designed to keep the country on Standard Time for good. While the Senate did vote on it, it was never signed into law. Bummer.
The report said that Missouri tried to do the same thing back in 2015. A guy (likely a congressman) proposed the state do away with Daylight Saving Time and...it was never even voted on. (*sad face*)
Why did someone come up with Daylight Saving Time in the first place?
Good question. Wikipedia says this:
Proponents of daylight saving time argue that most people prefer a greater increase in daylight hours after the typical "nine to five" workday.
Yeah, let's base everything around work. Great idea. (*sarcasm*) It's worth mentioning that the Wikipedia article fairly lists all of the adverse health effects for constantly adjusting your clocks.
Why didn't Missouri (or the US Congress for that matter) just get rid of Daylight Saving Time when they had the chance? That remains a mystery.