While U.S. states have been allowed to opt out of daylight savings time – and Arizona and Hawaii are not participating in it - federal law currently prohibits states from adopting daylight savings or “spring time” permanently. Several states have been rebelling against this, and it seems like their alliance is getting stronger.
Utah became the ninth state in the union on Wednesday to pass a law saying that it was willing to make the permanent switch to daylight savings time. A similar bill has recently been introduced in Maryland, according to research by Newsweek. While some studies have identified permanent standard time to be the time that more closely resembles the sun’s natural rhythm, proponents of permanent spring time are citing an extra hour of light in the evenings (with the potential to reduce car crashes and other accidents) as the advantage of permanent daylight savings time. Many states around the world are currently reassessing the concept of daylight savings, a practice that dates back to World War I and was adopted to save energy in the evenings.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has introduced a bill that would allow states to switch to spring time permanently, but Congress is yet to vote on it. The next switch to daylight savings is happening in participating states at 2 a.m. Sunday.