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New Federal Law—Springing Forward in March, Back in
The federal government announced a major change in Daylight
Saving Time. In Aug. 2005, Congress passed an energy bill
that included extending Daylight Saving Time by about a
month. As of 2007, DST starts the second Sunday of March and
ends on the first Sunday of November.
The federal law that established "daylight time" in the
United States does not require any area to observe daylight
saving time. But if a state chooses to observe DST, it must
follow the starting and ending dates set by the law. From
1986 to 2006 this was the first Sunday in April to the last
Sunday in October, but starting in 2007, it is observed from
the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November,
adding about a month to daylight saving time.