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Posted on: November 3, 2022

Reminder to Turn Back Clocks Saturday Night

A reminder to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night, because it may be the last time you ever have to do it.

In March 2022, the U.S. Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act, which would end the process of turning clocks forward and back twice a year. Under the bill, when clocks are moved forward March 12, 2023, they will remain there without being turned back in the fall.

Almost immediately after the bill was passed by the Senate, critics pointed out that children would be heading to school in the dark for almost the entire winter. Under the proposed change, the first week of January, the sun wouldn’t rise until 8:51 a.m. and wouldn’t rise before 8 a.m. until the last week in February.

The bill needs to be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and signed by President Joe Biden before becoming law and, to date, the bill has stalled in the House. So, for now anyway, turn your clocks back at 2 a.m. Sunday. I may be the last time you have “fall back.”

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