As we approach this weekend, a lot of people in California are thinking, “Didn’t we vote to do away with the twice-a-year clock changing and all that Spring Forward/Fall Back stuff?”
The answer is, yes, we did. In November 2018 we voted on Proposition 7, and a clear majority of us – 60 percent – said, “Let’s stop this clock-changing crap.”
And it wasn’t only in California. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ website,
“In the last three years, thirteen states have enacted legislation to provide for year-round daylight saving time.”
But this weekend, we’ll be turning our clocks back…again…
And here’s the reason:
No matter how many states pass legislation to do away with the clock changing, nothing can happen because it would require an act of Congress to make the change.
That means that these folks must agree:
And Trump would have to sign it. And while, during his hospital stay, Trump proved he was good at signing a blank piece of paper…
There’s nothing for Trump to sign, blank or otherwise.
Because at present, getting the House and the Senate to agree on what day it is, much less on daylight saving time, is pretty much impossible.
And even if the House and Senate came together and passed a bill, Trump is way too busy losing the election to pay any attention.
So we’ll have to wait until Biden and Harris are in the White House…
And Democrats hold the House and win a majority in the Senate…
And the congressional gridlock…
Starts to ease.
Till then, we’ll be doing the clock-change thing twice a year.
And this Sunday, we’ll turn our clocks back.
Or, maybe not all of us.
Some folks may get more creative…