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.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.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."