Bills Aim To Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

Efforts in Congress and the General Assembly want to make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent.

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NICOLE BAKER: Well, whether you love it or hate it, this weekend we will spring forward one hour to observe Daylight Saving Time.

DENISE KOCH: All right. Me? Not a fan, but WJZ Live's Paul Gessler has tips to ease into the change of clocks and the effort in Congress and state houses to stick with one uniform time, year round. Paul--

PAUL GESSLER: Yeah, everyone's got an opinion on this, Denise and Nicole. We move those clocks ahead an hour before we go to bed on Saturday night. This happens at 2:00 AM Sunday morning. Many people want to end this time change for good, but then the debate would rest on whether we select Standard or Daylight Time.

Sleep doctors say this weekend's loss of an hour may negatively impact your immune system, attention span, and mood.

DR. AMY WOLFSON: It's going to particularly disadvantage adolescents, who already are experiencing a circadian phase delay.

PAUL GESSLER: Just some of Dr. Amy Wolfson's tips around this time change, in the days leading up to Sunday, go to bed a little earlier to pre-adjust. Maintain a consistent sleep-wake schedule in the days after the clock change. Avoid long naps, and get natural sunlight in the morning.

SENATOR JUSTIN READY: Once we spring forward, we want to spring forward and stay there, and that's the goal of this bill.

PAUL GESSLER: Senator Justin Ready's bill asks the federal government to allow Maryland to stick with Daylight Time. Under federal law, states cannot unilaterally observe Daylight Saving time year round, but there is a bill in Congress to change that and stick with DST.

WOMAN: Yeah, it would be great to just stop changing the clocks.

DR. AMY WOLFSON: But Standard Time is the one that many of us are getting a little bit more for.

PAUL GESSLER: Wolfson and those who testified on the bill this week say permanent Daylight Time would be a safety issue for kids and workers, starting their days in the dark during winter months. They prefer year-round Standard Time.

LISA VANBUSKIRK: So many more Maryland students will be picked up by a bus or walk to school in the dark during the winter, relative to Standard Time.

JAY PEA: Permanent Standard Time keeps your sunrises before 8 AM. It saves your morning daylight, which doctors tell us is most necessary for our health, mood, safety, learning, and productivity.

PAUL GESSLER: Now the Sunshine Protection Act, as it's known, is a bipartisan piece of legislation in Congress right now. It's the bill that we would need to have pass for Maryland to actually be able to permanently make the move, year round, to Daylight Saving Time. For now, reporting Live at 5 tonight, I'm Paul Gessler for WJZ.