Fall back for good? Florida state senator wants to end daylight saving time
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If you're one of those people who dread daylight saving time, you may be in support of a new bill proposed by Florida Republican state Sen. Greg Steube.
The 39-year-old lawmaker, representing the Sarasota area, filed Senate Bill 858 on Nov. 13, calling for an end to daylight saving time in Florida. If passed, Florida would join Arizona and Hawaii as the only three states that stick to standard time all year long.
For those working a traditional 9-5 schedule, that means the sun would start setting before you even leave the office, like it does now during the winter months.
Last year, an opposite measure that called for Florida to permanently switch to daylight saving time, died in committee.
Pensacola's tourism industry may not benefit much from the bill. The sun setting an hour earlier in the spring and summer would put a damper on late-day beach visits or rounds of golf.
Section 1 of the bill reads: "Pursuant to 15 U.S.C. s. 260(a), this state 11 exempts itself and all of its political subdivisions from the 12 observance of daylight saving time, between 2 a.m. on the second 13 Sunday in March and 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November of 14 each calendar year, and the entire state and all of its 15 political subdivisions shall observe the standard time that is 16 otherwise applicable during that period."
The bill would go into effect on New Year’s Day 2019, should it pass and be signed by Gov. Rick Scott.