Draft Legislation to Opt Any State Out of Daylight Saving Time

Save Standard Time
2 min readJan 13, 2021

This language may be adopted or amended freely by lawmakers in any state to restore permanent Standard Time by exemption from Daylight Saving Time, as is federally pre-approved and is best for health, safety, education, economy, environment, and civil liberties.

AN ACT FOR EXEMPTION FROM DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

An act to restore observation of permanent Standard Time in this state, and to provide an effective date.

Optional Preamble:

Whereas Standard Time approximates natural solar time.
Whereas changing clocks is unhealthy, unsafe, unpopular, and disruptive.
Whereas the consensus of researchers in biology, neurology, endocrinology, psychology, immunology, and other fields, and the consensus of teachers and children’s advocates, is that Standard Time provides the best conditions for sleep quality, physical health, mental well-being, safety, productivity, and learning.
Whereas history shows Standard Time is most sustainably popular.
Whereas federal law permits exemption from Daylight Saving Time.

Bill Language:

The official year-round time for this state, and for all political subdivisions of this state, shall be Standard Time, as defined by Congress in the Uniform Time Act of 1966, 15 U.S.C. §261 and §263.

This state, and all political subdivisions of this state, acting under the exemption provisions of the Uniform Time Act of 1966, 15 U.S.C. §260(a), shall be exempt from the provisions of that law that establish the advancement of time, known as Daylight Saving Time.

Any laws and parts of laws in conflict with this act shall be repealed.

Effective Date, Option 1:

This act shall take effect on the first day of January in the year following its enactment.

Effective Date, Option 2 (Creates Local Pact):

This act shall take effect on the first day of January in the first year following or coinciding with the effective date of exemption from Daylight Saving Time in the state(s) of [neighboring state(s) here].

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