[tz] United States Senate reintroduced Sunshine Protection Act, enabling Permanent DST

Garrett Wollman wollman at csail.mit.edu
Mon Nov 7 21:46:39 UTC 2022

<<On Mon, 7 Nov 2022 13:12:04 -0700, Paul Gilmartin via tz <tz at iana.org> said:

> What advantage does "permanent DST" offer a region over simply moving to
> Standard Time of one zone further east, which would not require Congress
> to act?

It solves the collective action problem.  Moving one zone to the east
is only practical (and would only be approved by USDOT) if a state's
regional trading partners and commutersheds did so as well, and every
region has some likely holdouts.  Congress can do it (theoretically)
for every state at once by majority vote, which would be much easier.

Note that this is by and large an Eastern Time issue, due to the
population, longitudinal extent, and media salience of the zone.


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