As we approach daylight saving on March 12, there has been a lot of chatter about how this is the last time New Yorkers will have to change their clocks because daylight saving is going away. But is it really?

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The Sunshine Protection Act of 2021 was introduced a few years ago and in it, the act proposed that daylight saving as we know it be done away with and for daylight saving time to become the new, permanent standard time as of November 5, 2023.

Those in favor of the act argued that it would be a positive change because it would allow children to play outside longer and would reduce seasonal depression which so many Americans struggle with.

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Those opposed to the act said that it would only cause trouble, for children in particular, because they would be forced to walk to school in the dark year round.

In March of 2022, the United States Senate voted on the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021, passing legislation that would make daylight saving time permanent starting in 2023. This means that the United States would do away with clock changes in favor of permanent daylight saving time.

However, in order for the bill to become a law, it still has to be approved by the House as well as signed by President Biden. As of February 24, 2023, the House has not voted on the bill because there has been no discussion about it since the act was passed by the Senate in March of 2022.

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Although several have states contemplated doing away with daylight saving, it is ultimately up to the federal government to do away with it and that’s where the hang-up is.

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