Well, the time has changed again, and once more I’m mainlining coffee to try to adjust.
With that in mind (and in search of non-offensive blog fodder) I’d like to direct the attention of my Gentle Readers to a little-known law: The Uniform Time Act of 1966 (15 U.S.C. §§ 260-64). You can find the text here.
I say “little-known” because it’s fairly obvious that a whole bunch of folks in the Texas Legislature haven’t read it.
As usually happens about twice a year, folks — your Humble Scribe included — get a little cross over the whole hour moving thing, and we’d like to stop that from happening. Which is all well and good, and has my complete approval.
However, the latest effort to end it involves bills allowing the citizens of Texas to decide whether to stay on Daylight Stupid Time year-round, or stay on Standard Time year round.
Here’s where the very-highly-paid legislators initiated intimate contact with the juvenile canine: Under Federal Law you can’t choose to stay on Daylight Stupid Time.
The State legislatures can choose to switch twice a year; or they can choose to stay on Standard Time. There isn’t a third option.
So, any State Law decreeing a stay on Daylight Stupid Time violates Federal law — specifically the Uniform Time Act of 1966 — and is, thus, a non-starter.
Yes, we need to quit switching back-and-forth, but any bill offering a choice between DST and Standard Time is going to get shut down, because we aren’t going to win that one in the Supreme Court, and we have other, more important, fish waiting to fry in that particular venue.
If you’re in Texas, kindly contact your State legislators, insist that we stop bouncing back and forth on times twice a year; and remind them to read the actual Federal law controlling said bouncing so we can actually get it changed.
Ta, ever so.