Happy Friday! Daylight Saving starts tomorrow!

https://staticapp.icpsc.com/icp/loadimage.php/mogile/66961/803208bc8f4f3edb2fe020eac547f1dc/image/jpegDaylight Saving Time (United States) 2016 begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 13 and ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

Daylight saving time will come a little later than usual this spring.

We’ll move our clocks forward one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 13. Because daylight saving time kicks in the second Sunday of March, this year is just about as late as it can start. It won’t start this late again until 2021, when we will spring forward on March 14.

Daylight saving time means we lose an hour of daylight in the morning but gain it back in the evening. In Syracuse, the sun will set Saturday, March 12, at 6:08 p.m. On Sunday, sunset will be 7:09 p.m.

Daylight saving time this year will end Nov. 6. It used to end in late October, but the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 pushed it back to the first Sunday of November.

States have the ability to opt out of daylight saving time. Only Arizona and Hawaii do, but there is a bill (see below) before the California legislature to end daylight saving time in the nation’s most populous state.

Time zones and daylight saving time are overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The department’s website says that daylight saving time saves energy, reduces traffic fatalities, and reduces crime.

Not everybody agrees. The leading author on daylight saving time (Gail Bambrick at gail.bambrick@tufts.edu) said it only cuts electrical use by 0.5 percent — if that. A study in Indiana in 2008 showed little change in energy use when parts of the state went to daylight saving time. Similar results were found in Australia in 2000, when part of the country switched temporarily to daylight saving time to extend the hours for Summer Olympics events. – Glenn Coin, Syracuse.com

On the other side of the Daylight Savings clock, if you’ve ever awoken an hour early, showed up to work an hour late or groaned at having to reset all your clocks because of the biannual time shifts, Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose, feels your pain. He is introducing Assembly Bill 2496, which would end the practice in California, undoing a law that voters approved back in 1949 via Proposition 12. (You can read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article62292437.html)