Clocks Spring Forward This Weekend and Might Stay On D.S.T.
Poll or no Poll you may get daylight saving time year round. Democratic Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators are reintroducing legislation, called the Sunshine Protection Act. The goal of that act is to make Daylight Saving Time permanent nationally.
Senator Markey says studies have shown it would “improve public health, public safety, and mental health – especially important during this cold and dark COVID winter”
If it becomes law, or until it does, Daylight Saving Time is 8 months of the year, starting on the second Sunday in March and ending on the first Sunday in November. Exceptions being Hawaii and Arizona the only states that do not observe Daylight Saving Time.
Our poll from earlier this week asked what Maine should do as a state.
Thanks for the hundreds and hundreds of votes. And the most popular answer is exactly what the Sunshine Protection Act that’s been proposed would do. Make Daylight Saving Time year round, and not be switching back and forth every year. That was the choice of half of our poll participants. Comments on Facebook like “I would love for this to be the last time change we have in the state” from Kimberly Svitek. Or “I love DST wish it was year round” from Tammy Flanagan Farwell were stated by many.
A little over a third said stop switching but leave it on Standard time all year.
Just over one in ten said leave it alone, go back and forth as we always have. Angie Arbour said “I wish they would stop asking this question every g.d. year and just leave the time alone” Holly Stoddard said “Leave it alone more things then that to worry about”
For the record, it’s an unofficial poll, and the only reason I included an option that said “It’s Miller Time. I have no opinion” is because in numerous poll after poll about very serious subjects there is also a slim minority that says “I don’t know.” And in this poll, it was 4%.
This Sunday morning at 2 a.m. we Spring Forward to 3 a.m.