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Daylight Savings Time

Since the introduction of modern daylight-saving time as an emergency measure during the 20th century's two world wars, many countries have been adjusting the clock one hour ahead in spring and winding it back by one hour during fall. However, it's actually just barely 100 years old.

Previously, Canada had observed Daylight Saving Time from the first Sunday in April until the last Sunday in October. However, any State can opt out of Daylight Saving Time by passing a State law.

The idea of daylight saving was the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin, aka, the "early to be, early to rise" guy, back in 1784.

"I could go on and on about why I hate it. People do not like dark mornings and thats the main reason daylight saving time has not been adopted year-round". Daylight saving is repealed in 1919, but continues to be recognized in certain areas of the United States.

Daylight saving time ends November 4. Last year, Texas lawmakers tried unsuccessfully to abolish the state's observance of daylight saving time.

1974-1975 - Congress extends DLS in order to save energy during the energy crisis.

On Sunday, March 11th, 2018, Daylight Saving Time will return, and clocks will "spring forward" one hour.

While many people believe DST was started to aid farmers, that assumption is not historically correct.

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Well, once again, we're about to fall for it: On Saturday night (or maybe Sunday morning), we will go through our households and advance every clock (and every electronic device with a clock) by one hour. "If the clocks are adjusted and you sense that your children are fussy, cranky, and just not happy, try to involve them in coping strategies", she said.

Critics of daylight saving time sometimes counter that summer days are longer to begin with, so there's no point in shifting more daylight to the evening.

A bill to let Florida remain on Daylight Saving Time year round is headed to Gov. Rick Scott's desk after the state Senate approved it 33-2 on Tuesday. "My kids are often better with technology than I am and so if they can figure out how to turn the clocks forward then my job is faster and they understand that all the sudden it's 8p.m. and not 7p.m. and we're all that much closer to bedtime".

John Oliver's HBO program did a really effective job making fun of it past year.

Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, said he is not partial to daylight time or standard time.

Lawmakers in the New England states a year ago considered jointly adopting year-round daylight time but critics said putting Boston and New York City in different time zones would play havoc with financial markets. Roper Report surveys in 1978 and 1976 found that about half of Americans thought the United States should have daylight saving time all year round as a way to conserve supplies of energy (50% in 1978, 52% in 1978), with about 4 in 10 opposed.

"That was a big part of the discussion as well at the policy review level at the B.C. Chamber and I think amongst the membership and the delegates... is that if we do it ourselves we would be introducing more misalignment of the pacific economic zone", Baxter said.

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