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Get clocks ready to ‘fall back’ Saturday night

Whether or not you set your clock to fall back an hour last weekend, this Sunday at 2 a.m. is the true end of the new daylight-saving time.

Thanks to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which was passed by Congress and then signed into law by President Bush in August 2005, daylight saving ends a week later than in years past. The new start of daylight savings began last March.

Under the new law, daylight-saving time begins three weeks earlier than previously, on the second Sunday in March, and is extended by one week to the first Sunday in November, according to the California Energy Commission.



The original House bill would have added two full months, one in the spring and another in the fall. According to some U.S. senators, farmers complained that a two-month extension could adversely affect livestock, and airline officials said it would have complicated scheduling of international flights. So, a compromise was worked out to start daylight saving on the second Sunday in March and end the first Sunday in November.

Daytime saving was first adopted in World War I to save energy and aid war production. Energy conservation is generally cited as a rationale for daylight saving today. Daylight saving applies to all the states except Hawaii and Arizona, with the exception of the Navajo nation.


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