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    Florida could keep daylight saving time all year under 'Sunshine Protection Act'

    Florida could keep daylight saving time all year under 'Sunshine Protection Act'
    Ever get bummed out that the sun sets so early after daylight saving time ends in the fall?

    You're not alone.
    One state lawmaker agrees, and he's pushing to keep Florida on daylight time permanently.
    State Sen. Darren Soto has filed a bill that would mandate that Florida keep its clock in daylight-saving time year-round.

    The Orlando Democrat said he sponsored the bill (S.B. 734) because he gets frustrated that it gets dark earlier during the winter.

    The bill's name: The "Sunshine Protection Act."

    Soto represents Florida's 14th Senate district, covering parts of Orange, Osceola and Polk counties.
    He admitted he has little hope his bill will get passed this year, but said he wants to start a discussion about daylight saving time.

    Soto also said there is a question whether it's legal under federal law for Florida to keep itself on daylight saving time.
    Sunshine Protection Act
    • "Daylight Saving Time;
    • Citing this act as the 'Sunshine Protection Act';
    • Requiring that the State of Florida and its political subdivisions observe daylight saving time year-round;
    • Authorizing each district school board to adjust school start times due to the year-round observance of daylight saving time;
    • Authorizing the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to study adjustments in standard agricultural practices due to the year-round observance of daylight saving time, etc."
    I don't think this is something that should be done at the state level. It would be chaotic and problematic to have half of the states in the same time zone with different times. As far as the idea of implementing it at the national level; I'm unsure. I like having extra light at night, but I don't like the idea of it still being dark at 8am in the winter.

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    Re: Florida could keep daylight saving time all year under 'Sunshine Protection Act'

    Arizona has done it for years, hardly life ending. Its pointless in the modern age.

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    Re: Florida could keep daylight saving time all year under 'Sunshine Protection Act'

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishstyx View Post
    Arizona has done it for years, hardly life ending. Its pointless in the modern age.
    Arizona doesn't observe Daylight Saving Time at all. This bill would make Florida observe Daylight Saving Time year round.

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    Re: Florida could keep daylight saving time all year under 'Sunshine Protection Act'

    Time changing is UN_necessary IMO- leave it at one or the other, Just leave it @ the time that works better for the kids, Not being in the dark for those kids that Do still have to walk to the bus or to school',
    the kids should be out Main priority, Not Golf'

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    Re: Florida could keep daylight saving time all year under 'Sunshine Protection Act'

    Living in Florida, this is bad news. What will the idiots think of next?

    I don't really object to Daylight Savings Time, but 6 months out of the year is plenty. 8 or 9 months out of the year is too much.

    Those who pay the price are the kids out there standing in the dark and walking in the dark on their way to school. Every year a few are killed because of this stupid policy.

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    Re: Florida could keep daylight saving time all year under 'Sunshine Protection Act'

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry David View Post
    Living in Florida, this is bad news. What will the idiots think of next?

    I don't really object to Daylight Savings Time, but 6 months out of the year is plenty. 8 or 9 months out of the year is too much.

    Those who pay the price are the kids out there standing in the dark and walking in the dark on their way to school. Every year a few are killed because of this stupid policy.
    I actually saw that one of his reasons for this bill was that he was tired leaving his office in the dark. Way to think about your constituents.

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    Re: Florida could keep daylight saving time all year under 'Sunshine Protection Act'

    good for Florida. the entire nation should do this immediately. it is beyond pointless to switch the ****ing clocks back to standard for just a few months of the year. it annoys me to no end, because it is pointless, it throws me off for weeks, and I hate it.

    if an extra hour of sunlight after work is desirable in april, then it's desirable every other month. put permanent DST in place, and leave the ****ing clocks alone.

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    Re: Florida could keep daylight saving time all year under 'Sunshine Protection Act'

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry David View Post
    Living in Florida, this is bad news. What will the idiots think of next?

    I don't really object to Daylight Savings Time, but 6 months out of the year is plenty. 8 or 9 months out of the year is too much.

    Those who pay the price are the kids out there standing in the dark and walking in the dark on their way to school. Every year a few are killed because of this stupid policy.
    and every year, people of all ages are killed because it takes longer than a day to reset the circadian rhythms of an entire country of commuting drivers. switching the clocks back for a few months is less than pointless. just leave it in place all year.

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    Re: Florida could keep daylight saving time all year under 'Sunshine Protection Act'

    Quote Originally Posted by Pilot View Post
    Arizona doesn't observe Daylight Saving Time at all. This bill would make Florida observe Daylight Saving Time year round.
    I meant that they don't change their clocks. Think it makes sense for Florida as winter/summer darkness shift doesn't impact it as much as elsewhere. During the winters in the NE, the sunsets at 430 pm. Not dusk, not pink skies, set and dark. Rises later too. Florida doesn't gain nearly as much night in the winter.

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    Re: Florida could keep daylight saving time all year under 'Sunshine Protection Act'

    I don't understand how Florida could do such a thing. Florida would lose 2 hours a year if they did it. They would lose an entire calender day every 12 years.

    This proposal is one of the dumbest things I have heard this week.

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