There's a proposal to switch Florida to daylight saving time year-round


There's a proposal to switch Florida to daylight saving time year-round

It's that time of year again, to spring the clocks forward an hour for daylight saving time.

Hawaii and Arizona already are exempt from the Uniform Time Act of 1966, which ensured that states observing DST began and ended the time adjustment on the same dates.

A bill to let Florida remain on Daylight Saving Time year-round passed the Florida Senate on Tuesday.

The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott - but it's far from a done deal after that.

Scott "has also expressed concern over the three-day waiting period now included in the Legislation", Schenone said in the Tuesday night statement.

The last obstacle would be the federal government. If Scott signs the bill, Congress would ultimately be responsible for approving the proposed change.

The movement to drop the clock-switching has gained some steam in recent years. That legislation, though, hinged on MA and New Hampshire doing the same, which has not happened - yet.

Because changing clocks in either direction disrupts our circadian rhythms, evidence of adverse effects on human health has been accumulating for the past decade or so.

If the bill wins approval, for about half the year the Florida Panhandle would be an hour ahead of Alabama and Eastern Florida would be two hours ahead of Alabama, creating confusing travel schedules to and from the Wiregrass.

Opponents say ending daylight saving time would get rid of what many enjoy the most about it - extra time in the evening when it's still light outside.

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The rest of Europe and the United States soon followed, but the idea was unpopular wirh citizens and was abolished in America by Congress after the war.

Daylight Savings was instituted by Germany during the First World War to save energy-probably so there would be more coal for the war effort.

Dr. Estemalik said those impacted by headaches during the time change may want to consider taking melatonin to help them get a good night's sleep because regulating the sleep cycle can help keep headaches at bay. For that reason, New England cranberry farmers have been among the strongest advocates for getting rid of "winter hours".

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