As of 2022, the following states are in the process of abolishing daylight saving time (DST):
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Some of these states have already passed legislation to abolish DST, while others are still in the process of considering legislation.
Why Are States Getting Rid of Daylight Savings Time?
There are a number of reasons why states are getting rid of DST.
- Health effects: DST has been shown to have a number of negative health effects, including increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and depression. This is because DST disrupts our circadian rhythms, which are our natural sleep-wake cycles.
- Energy savings: DST was originally introduced to save energy by reducing the need for artificial lighting in the evening. However, studies have shown that DST actually has a negligible impact on energy consumption.
- Convenience: DST can be inconvenient, especially for people who travel between states that observe different time zones.
When Will These States Abolish Daylight Savings Time?
The timeline for abolishing DST varies from state to state. Some states, such as Arizona, have already abolished DST and the change will take effect immediately. Other states, such as California, have passed legislation to abolish DST, but the change will not take effect until 2024 or later.
What Does This Mean for You?
If you live in a state that is abolishing DST, you will need to adjust your clocks accordingly. For example, if you live in Arizona, you will not need to set your clocks back one hour in the fall.
It is also important to note that some states may still observe DST, even if your state does not. This means that if you travel between states, you may need to adjust your clocks accordingly.
The Pros and Cons of Abolishing Daylight Savings Time
There are a number of pros and cons to abolishing DST.
- Improved health outcomes
- Reduced energy consumption
- Increased convenience
- Potential for disruption to travel and commerce
- Potential for confusion and inconvenience during the transition period
The Future of Daylight Savings Time in the United States
It is unclear what the future holds for DST in the United States. A growing number of states are abolishing DST, but it is possible that Congress will pass legislation to require all states to observe DST.
In the meantime, states that are considering abolishing DST will need to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision.
Additional Information about Daylight Savings Time
History of Daylight Savings Time
DST was first introduced in the United States in 1918 during World War I. It was thought that DST would save energy by reducing the need for artificial lighting in the evening. However, studies have shown that DST actually has a negligible impact on energy consumption.
DST was abolished in the United States in 1919, but it was reinstated in 1942 during World War II. DST was again abolished in the United States in 1945, but it was reinstated in 1967.
Uniform Time Act of 1966
The Uniform Time Act of 1966 established the current system of DST in the United States. The Uniform Time Act requires all states to observe DST, with the exception of Arizona and Hawaii.
Efforts to Abolish Daylight Savings Time
There have been a number of efforts to abolish DST in the United States over the years. In 2019, the House of Representatives passed the Sunshine Protection Act, which would have made DST permanent in the United States. However, the bill was not passed by the Senate.
In 2022, the Florida Senate passed a bill to abolish DST in Florida. The bill is currently awaiting approval from the Florida House of Representatives.
A growing number of states are abolishing DST for a variety of reasons, including negative health effects and the lack of energy-saving benefits. If you live in a state that is abolishing DST, be sure to adjust your clocks accordingly.