Energy bill signed -- U.S. changes Daylight Saving rules

Jonathan Lennox lennox at
Tue Aug 9 00:53:44 UTC 2005

President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 today, which among many
other things changes the U.S.'s Daylight Saving rules.  The full text of the
bill is available from (search on bill number "hr6" for the
109th Congress).

For the purposes of this list, the relevant section is as follows:


      (a) Amendment- Section 3(a) of the Uniform Time Act of 1966 (15
      U.S.C. 260a(a)) is amended--

            (1) by striking `first Sunday of April' and inserting `second
                Sunday of March'; and

            (2) by striking `last Sunday of October' and inserting `first
                Sunday of November'.

      (b) Effective Date- Subsection (a) shall take effect 1 year after the
      date of enactment of this Act or March 1, 2007, whichever is later.

      (c) Report to Congress- Not later than 9 months after the effective
      date stated in subsection (b), the Secretary shall report to Congress
      on the impact of this section on energy consumption in the United

      (d) Right to Revert- Congress retains the right to revert the Daylight
      Saving Time back to the 2005 time schedules once the Department study
      is complete.

Jonathan Lennox
lennox at

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