Why We Still "Spring Forward"

Current Events, Statutes at Large, U.S. Congressional Documents
Shannon Sabo

For some, the second Sunday in March means only that their clocks are right for the first time in months. Others might wonder why, in 2016, we continue to follow the antiquated practice of Daylight Saving Time (DST). The basic concept behind DST is energy conservation, and the idea began in Germany during World War I. Eventually, it spread to the rest of Europe and the United States. Check out this infographic, which depicts highlights of the major legislation behind DST:

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This brand new CRS Report, available in HeinOnline's U.S. Congressional Documents collection, elaborates on the various reasons for and the timeline of legislation surrounding DST. All public laws pertaining to DST can be found in HeinOnline's U.S. Statutes at Large library:

It's unclear whether DST will continue indefinitely. This petition to Congress aims to abolish it completely, citing reasons like sleep disruption and lack of need. Others argue in favor of permanent year-round DST, claiming it could save lives. Both of these arguments favor a system in which clocks don't change twice annually. Join the discussion about Daylight Saving Time at debate.org.

A search for "Daylight Saving Time" OR "Daylight Savings Time" in the Federal Register produces more than 2,000 results. Sort search results by volume date (oldest first) to follow the history of discussions on the topic:

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