Daylight saving time is closer than you think. As of this writing, it's only weeks away, but many wonder if Missouri will continue to participate in this seasonal time change. The short answer is yes. The long answer is complicated.

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Let's get the facts out of the way first. Time and Date says that Daylight Saving is almost upon us. As of this writing, it's only a few weeks away and is set to happen in the middle of the night on a weekend in March. Specifically, it's Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 2am central time.

So why is there a question mark about Missouri and the time change in March?

There is an enthusiastic movement in Missouri to make Daylight Saving Time permanent. I know that 9 News reported on a bill in the Missouri legislature in 2021 and Spectrum News mentioned a similar measure in 2022. At the end of 2023, KY3 reported that a Missouri congressman was about to pre-file yet another bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent.

The point is this. You can sense the momentum and public sentiment that time changes are a nuisance and outdated. It's only a matter of time (no pun intended) that Missouri adds itself to the list of states who asks the feds to allow them to ignore the spring forward, fall back time changes.

Will Missouri spring forward in March of 2024? Yep. Will they need to in the near future? I highly doubt it. Time will tell (pun intended).

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