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Florida Daylight Savings Time: Leap Ahead Sunday for Good?

Florida Daylight Savings Time: Leap Ahead Sunday for Good?

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By    |   Thursday, 08 March 2018 08:45 AM

Florida's daylight savings time could become the state's permanent time on Sunday as most of the rest of country temporarily leaps forward one hour – if Gov. Rick Scott signs the bill sitting on his desk.

The Florida State Senate voted 33-2 and the House 103-11 in a rare show of bipartisanship on a bill declaring that the state should go to daylight savings time and never go back, the Miami Herald reported.

Even though the bill is awaiting the signature of Scott, who’s currently under intense political pressure over newly passed gun legislation, it’s actually the call of Congress on whether Florida can permanently leap forward timewise for good, the Herald noted.

According to NASA, founding father Benjamin Franklin came up with the concept of daylight savings time as the best way to use additional spring and summer sunlight, and it has been used throughout much of the U.S., Canada and Europe since World War I.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a daylight Savings time bill in 1966 establishing that the time change would be observed from the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October each year, allowing states at that time to opt out via state law, per NASA.

U.S. law was amended in 1986 and then again in 2007, adjusting daylight savings time from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

The Miami Herald said the U.S. Department of Transportation is charged with setting time zones but states can still exempt themselves from daylight saving time, if Congress approves. Indiana did not start observing daylight savings time until 2006.

Soem other states do not observe daylight savings time.

Hawaii: The state was one of first to opt out of the Uniform Time Act in 1967, per Time magazine. Because of its relative proximity to the equator, daylight savings time offers no essential advantage to the state, which is on Hawaii-Aleutian time.

Arizona: The state opted out of daylight savings time in 1968 as residents weren’t exactly rooting for extra daylight hours with temperatures often in the triple digits during the summer months, per the Arizona Republic. The move essentially switches the state from Mountain time to Pacific time while daylight savings time is in effect. The Navajo Reservation in Arizona, though, does observe the time change.

U.S. Territories: Because of their location, a handful of U.S. territories have followed Hawaii's "we-already-have-plenty-of-sunshine" example and don't observe daylight saving time – Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, per Time.

Florida may not be the last state looking for a time change. Last year, Maine passed legislation to ditch Eastern time for Atlantic Standard Time, essentially ditching daylight savings time, per Boston.com. That legislation, though, hinged on Massachusetts and New Hampshire doing the same, which has not happened – yet.

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Florida's daylight savings time could become the state's permanent time on Sunday as most of the rest of country temporarily leaps forward one hour – if Gov. Rick Scott signs the bill sitting on his desk.
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