Ohio Senate to Congress: Make daylight saving permanent, eliminate time changes

The Ohio Senate has approved a resolution to make daylight saving time permanent and eliminate the time changes. Staff photo
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The Ohio Senate has approved a resolution to make daylight saving time permanent and eliminate the time changes. Staff photo

The Ohio Senate wants Congress to permanently put the country on daylight saving time, eliminating the twice-a-year changing of the clocks.

The Senate voted 31-1 in favor of a resolution sponsored by state Sen. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson.

Roegner called changing between standard and daylight saving is “government-induced biannual jetlag.”

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The resolution urges adoption of the Sunshine Protection Act of 2019, which is pending in Congress.

Daylight saving time begins in March, when most Americans move their clocks ahead an hour, and lasts until October.

It was an idea invented by New Zealand scientist George Vernon Hudson and British builder William Willett in 1895 but it didn’t gain traction until World War I when the Germans adopted it in 1916 to save fuel used on artificial lighting. Other sources give Benjamin Franklin credit for the idea.

Daylight saving time will begin anew on Sunday, March 8.