Year-Round Daylight Saving Time in Louisiana Awaits Federal Law
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill last year, making the state into permanent Daylight Saving Time. Once approved, DST will become the new standard time in Louisiana.
The residents should understand that the law will only affect if the U.S. Congress amends the current federal law. Once approved, each state will be allowed to choose whether they will adopt Daylight Saving Time as their new standard time.
Suppose the law takes effect while Louisiana is still observing Daylight Saving Time; the state will not return to standard time anymore. Unlike Louisiana, other states have chosen to spring forward and fall back each year.
Among the U.S. states, Oregon and Washington have laws on the books which keep Daylight Saving Time year-round. However, Oregon’s current time depends on the time in California.
Florida has passed a similar law, but it is still pending congressional approval. Meanwhile, Hawaii and Arizona are the only states that do not observe Daylight Saving Time.
Daylight Saving Time in Louisiana and other states follow the twice-a-year tradition since it is one way to conserve energy. It is believed that during the time change, DST followers use less electricity.
Aside from energy conservation, people become more active since there is an extra hour of daylight in the afternoon. However, Louisiana residents can only enjoy the year-round Daylight Saving Time once the Congress approves the bill.