Bill Introduced to Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent
Don't forget, this coming Sunday we "spring forward" one hour and it's glorious. Yeah, we may lose an extra hour of sleep, but the days last longer, the sun stays out, what could be better? Maybe making it permanent?
Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott along with Florida Representative Vern Buchanan have introduced the Sunshine Protection Act of 2019. Rubio introduced a similar bill last year in his home state and then Governor Scott signed it. However, it needs federal approval for the change to not only take effect in Florida but potentially all across the country.
Daylight Savings Time occurs in March and lasts for eight months. The only states that observe standard time year-round are Arizona and Florida.
So why make it permanent? The Florida lawmakers argue there would be fewer car crashes, crime would decrease, and energy would be saved. One main point to not change to daylight savings time? Students would head to school when it may still be dark outside.
Did you know this isn't the first time there's been a change to make daylight savings time permanent? Both periods have to do with conserving fuel, between 1942 and 1945 during World War II and again in 1974 into part of 1975, but the issue with students going to school in the dark ended the experiment after 16 months.
After all is said and done, Florida may be the only state getting an extra hour of sunshine.