TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Daylight Saving Time may soon be observed throughout the year in the Sunshine State after the Florida Senate passed legislation to put an end to the practice of setting clocks back and forward every six months.
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.
Florida Senate Bill 858 passed by an overwhelming majority of 103-11. Its companion Florida House Bill 1013 also overwhelmingly passed in the Florida House of Representatives in February. The proposed law now heads to Governor Rick Scott’s desk to be signed into law.
If Governor Rick Scott signs ‘The Sunshine Protection Act’ into law, Florida would then ask the U.S. Congress for an exemption to stay on Daylight Savings Time throughout the year.