This Sunday the vast majority of Americans will “spring forward” into Daylight Saving Time.  Residents of 48 states, (all but Arizona and Hawaii) will set their clocks one hour ahead, sacrificing precious sleep for an hour of extra sun in the evenings.  But is the World War One-era daylight preservation setup really necessary in 2023?  And could this be the last time we have to do it here in Georgia?

The practice of using DST began on a national scale in 1916, when the German Empire and Austria-Hungary adopted it in an effort to save energy.  As World War One exploded many nations copied the program, including the U.S. in 1918 via the ‘Standard Time Act.’  Local jurisdictions were allowed to choose whether or not to practice DST until 1966 when the ‘Uniform Time Act’ standardized it nationwide, (the aforementioned Arizona and Hawaii got out of it via legal loopholes that have since been closed).   

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