No More Changes? Florida's Senators, U.S. Rep. Introduce Bill to Keep Daylight Savings Time Year Round Across Country

What to Know

  • Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday and runs through November 3rd.

As Florida and almost the entire country prepares to set their clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, members of the state’s Congressional delegation are hoping it will be the final time you have to adjust to the different time.

Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, along with Rep. Vern Buchanan from the Sarasota area, introduced the Sunshine Protection Act that would make Daylight Savings Time permanent across the country.

“Studies have shown many benefits of a year-round Daylight Savings Time, which is why Florida’s legislature overwhelmingly voted to make it permanent last year,” Rubio said in a statement.

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday and runs through November 3rd.

“The Sunshine Protection Act will allow Floridians and visitors to enjoy our beautiful state even later in the day, and will benefit Florida’s tourism industry, which just celebrated another record year,” Scott added.

The members of Florida’s delegation say potential effects of keeping DST year-round would include reduced car crashes involving pedestrians, reduced energy use and childhood obesity as well as the economic benefits.

The Florida Legislature approved a measure that would make it permanent, but such a move would have to get the approval of Congress before becoming official.

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