What is the time zone of Mississippi?

The state of Mississippi is in the Central Time zone. All counties and cities of the state have the same time zone, there are no exceptions. Mississippi is observing daylight savings so there are two different clocks depending on the time of the year.

Central Standard Time (CST): – 6:00 UTC/GMT (behind)

Central Daylight Time (CDT): – 5:00 UTC/GMT (behind)

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All neighbouring states have the same time zone. So, the clocks are unchanged
regardless if you cross the border with Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee or Alabama.

Daylight savings time (DST)

Mississippi is using daylight savings as also documented in the Uniform Time Act of 1966. During daylight savings the time changes from Central Standard time (CST) to Central Daylight time (CDT).

It starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. In March the clock is moved forward from 02.00 am to 03.00 am (so you will lose an hour of sleep during the night). While in November it’s reversed as the clock is moved backward from 03.00 am to 02.00 am and you will gain an extra hour of sleep. One way of remembering the movement sequence is that clocks “spring forward and fall back”.

The total period of daylight savings lasts for 34 weeks which is about 65% of the year.

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Mississippi time news, bills and legislation

There is a continuous debate about which time should be applied. Several bills have been introduced to legalize daylight saving time as the year-round clock, whereas others try to align the time with bordering counties or states. The table below gives an overview of the latest bills in the state of Mississippi.

Date Bill Status/Action Title/summary
1 Apr 2021 HC28 Died In Committee A Concurrent Resolution Urging The Congress Of The United States To Enact Legislation Allowing Individual States To Establish Daylight Saving Time As The Standard Time In Their Respective States Throughout The Calendar Year.
23 Jul 2021 SC506 Approved by Governor An Act To Provide That Daylight Saving Time Shall Be The Year-round Standard Time Of The State Of Mississippi If Federal Law Is Amended To Authorize States To Observe Daylight Saving Time Year-round; And For Related Purposes.
2 Feb 2021 HB494 Fail, died In Committee An Act To Provide That Daylight Saving Time Shall Be The Year-round Standard Time Of The State Of Mississippi If Federal Law Is Amended To Authorize States To Observe Daylight Saving Time Year-round; And For Related Purposes.
2 Feb 2021 HB269 Fail, died In Committee An Act To Provide That Daylight Saving Time Shall Be The Year-round Standard Time Of The State Of Mississippi If Federal Law Is Amended To Authorize States To Observe Daylight Saving Time Year-round; And For Related Purposes.
11 Feb 2021 HB1062 Engross, Transmitted To Senate An Act To Provide That Daylight Saving Time Shall Be The Year-round Standard Time Of The State Of Mississippi If Federal Law Is Amended To Authorize States To Observe Daylight Saving Time Year-round; And For Related Purposes.
18 Jan 2021 HC28 Intro, To House Rules Committee A Concurrent Resolution Urging The Congress Of The United States To Enact Legislation Allowing Individual States To Establish Daylight Saving Time As The Standard Time In Their Respective States Throughout The Calendar Year.
5 Jan 2021 SC506 Intro, To Senate Rules Committee A Concurrent Resolution Expressing The Intent Of The Mississippi Legislature That Daylight Saving Time Shall Be The Year-round Standard Time Of The Entire State Of Mississippi And Its Political Subdivisions.
2 Oct 2020 SC562 Died In Committee A Concurrent Resolution Expressing The Intent Of The Mississippi Legislature That daylight saving time Shall Be The Year-round Standard Time Of The Entire State Of Mississippi And Its Political Subdivisions.
2 Oct 2020 HC17 Died In Committee A Concurrent Resolution Urging The Congress Of The United States To Enact Legislation Allowing Individual States To Establish daylight saving time As The Standard Time In Their Respective States Throughout The Calendar Year.
9 Jun 2020 HB230 Died In Committee An Act To Provide That daylight saving time Shall Be The Year-round Standard Time Of The State Of Mississippi If Federal Law Is Amended To Authorize States To Observe daylight saving time year-round; And For Related Purposes.
3 Mar 2020 SB2041 Died In Committee An Act To Create The "mississippi Daylight Protection Act"; To Provide Legislative Intent That daylight saving time Shall Be The Year-round Standard Time Of The Entire State Of Mississippi And All Of Its Political Subdivisions Under Certain Condition...
3 Mar 2020 HB430 Died In Committee An Act To Provide That daylight saving time Shall Be The Year-round Standard Time Of The State Of Mississippi If Federal Law Is Amended To Authorize States To Observe daylight saving time year-round; And For Related Purposes.
3 Mar 2020 HB514 Died In Committee An Act To Exempt The State Of Mississippi From The Provisions Of The Federal Law Establishing daylight saving time; And For Related Purposes.
3 Mar 2020 HB787 Died In Committee An Act To Provide That daylight saving time Shall Be The Year-round Standard Time Of The State Of Mississippi If Federal Law Is Amended To Authorize States To Observe daylight saving time year-round; And For Related Purposes.

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