Sunday Could Be Florida's Last Time Change

Lawmakers want to make Daylight Saving Time permanent
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2018 1:12 AM CST
Updated Mar 9, 2018 6:39 AM CST
Two six-foot-tall clocks are tested prior to shipment at the Electric Time Company in Medfield, Mass.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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(Newser) – The clocks go forward once again on Sunday—and in Florida, they don't ever want to change them back again. The "Sunshine Protection Bill, which would make Daylight Saving Time permanent in the state, passed the state Senate Tuesday with just two votes against it, CNN reports. It passed the state House 103-11 last month, and now goes to Gov. Rick Scott, whose office tells NPR that he will "review that bill." Fellow sunshine-rich states Hawaii and Arizona are already exempt from the time change, but since Florida is technically trying to exempt itself from standard time, not DST, the change may require the approval of Congress.

State Sen. Greg Staube told the Miami Herald earlier this year that he has had lots of support from the public since introducing the bill. "I've heard from mayors across the state that it’s going to save them money because they don’t have to light their softball fields at night,” he said. “I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me who have said even my high school age kid, it’s hard to get him up in the morning when we fall back the clocks.” This is the latest of many attempts by states and regions to do away with DST. Massachusetts is looking into taking two states with it in a switch to another time zone. (Read more Florida stories.)

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