Thank you for contacting our office regarding legislative efforts to end the biannual process of changing our clocks back and forth. We have an important update for you: last week we filed House Joint Resolution 117, which would allow Texas voters to choose between keeping standard time year-round or observing daylight saving time year-round, provided the United States Congress amend the Uniform Time Act to allow this. If the resolution passes the Legislature, the election would be held in November of this year.
We do want to make an important clarification about year-round daylight saving time. As it stands, federal law does not allow states to do this. Thus, the United States Congress would need to amend 15 U.S.C. s. 260a (the Uniform Time Act) to authorize states to observe daylight saving time year-round. As the Uniform Time Act is currently written, it only allows states to exempt themselves from the law, placing them on year-round standard time. If our resolution passes and voters ultimately choose year-round daylight saving time, Texas would wait until Congress amends the federal law to begin observing it.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has been leading the effort in Congress to amend the Uniform Time Act to achieve this. We encourage you to contact U.S. Senator John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to share your support. Additionally, you can determine who represents you in Congress here.
Thank you again for sharing your feedback. We look forward to staying in touch with you on this issue.