Florida Governor Rick Scott Signs Year-Round Daylight Saving Time Bill

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Daylight Saving Time may soon be observed throughout the year in the Sunshine State after the Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law on Friday to put an end to the practice of setting clocks back and forward every six months.

Although Governor Scott signed ‘The Sunshine Protection Act’ into law, Florida still has to ask the U.S. Congress for an exemption to stay on Daylight Saving Time throughout the year.

Unlike northern states in the continental U.S. that only experience around 9 hours of daylight during the shortest days of Winter, Florida has over 10 hours of daylight during the shortest day of the year – the Winter Solstice.

Those who support observing daylight savings time say that the extra hour of light after the work day will encourage more economically stimulating activities such as dining out and outdoor recreation.

Opponents to the new law are concerned that some elementary school students will be walking to school and bus stops in the dark during part of the year.

History of Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time started in Europe during World War I as a way to economize fuel usage. The United States started Daylight Saving Time a year after WWI ended in 1918.

Benjamin Franklin did not propose Daylight Saving Time. This misconception grew out of the proverb “Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” that was published in Franklin’s Poor Richards’ Almanac.

How to Correctly Spell Daylight Saving Time

Is it “Daylight Savings Time” or “Daylight Saving Time”? The correct term is without the “s” but the added “s” has become widely used in the United States.

Daylight Saving Time Bad For Your Health

Losing an hour of sleep is bad for your health, studies find. The overall rate for stroke was 8% higher and heart attacks 10% higher in the days following the daylight saving time change.

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