Georgians may get the opportunity to give their opinion on the November ballot
Daylight Saving Time starts at 2 a.m. on March 8, 2020. Georgians, along with most of the country, get to turn their clocks forward 1 hour to 3 a.m. local daylight time. According to the website timeanddate.com, most of the United States, including Georgia, will maintain this time until 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, when the time will “fall back” once again to Eastern Standard Time.
In the United States, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and most of Arizona don’t change their clocks, but the rest of the country does. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on Mar 8, 2020, than the day before. There will be more light in the evening after what is also called Spring Forward, Summer Time, and Daylight Savings Time.
However, not everybody is happy with the regular disruption to the time and, if House Bill 709 makes it through the Georgia General Assembly this session, citizens could give their opinion on the ballot in November on whether or not they want this practice to continue. The bill calls for a non-binding referendum on whether Georgians would like to keep the annual time change, switch to year-round standard time (established by turning clocks back an hour in early November) or to switch to year-round daylight saving time (by keeping clocks an hour ahead as established in early spring).
Floridians chose in 2018 to remain on Daylight Savings Time year round, but that requires approval of a bill in Congress and a signature by the President. That would, however, not have been necessary if they had chosen to remain on standard time year-round. So far, however, despite the bills being introduced in Congress in 2018 and 2019 by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, that has not happened and the state remains with the traditional time changes along with most of the rest of the county.
So which would you prefer – the way it is now with the twice a year time change, to remain on Eastern Standard Time or to switch to Daylight Savings Time and keep it that way?