Ohio House Passes Resolution to Urge Congress to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

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A statue of President William McKinley stands outside of The Ohio Statehouse on Sept. 2, 2011. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Concurrent Resolution 7, which would urge Congress to enact the Sunshine Uniformity Act of 2023, permanently transitioning the state to Daylight Saving Time.

“It’s time to make daylight saving time permanent,” state Rep. Rodney Creech, R-West Alexandria, said. “The committee process revealed a number of benefits to making this change, such as making Ohio roads safer and supporting mental health.”

Proponents say the resolution is necessary as under the Uniform Time Act of 1966, states can change to standard time, but not daylight-saving time. This change requires changing federal law to transition to perpetual daylight-saving time.

“The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that since 2015, state legislators have introduced 450 bills and resolutions in nearly every state to make either Standard Time or Daylight Saving Time permanent,” state Rep. Bob Peterson, R-Sabina, said. “Florida led this movement with their Sunshine Protection Act in 2018, but this legislation will ensure that Ohio is among the leaders advocating for this change.”

H.C.R. 7 now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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