Senate signs off on year-round daylight-saving time

Posted March 09, 2018

The bill would let Florida remain on daylight saving time year-round, according to the New York Post.

Florida lawmakers explained their actions by sharing anecdotes about the problems that "Spring Ahead" can cause. But it only lasted a few years and between 1945 and 1966, there was no law regarding it so states and municipalities could choose whether or not to observe Daylight Saving.

States up and down the East Coast are weighing legislation to ditch the clock-switching that happens on the second Sunday in March and again on the first Sunday in November.

For many people, daylight saving time is less about “springing forward” and more about falling behind on their sleep schedule. The state's governor, Rick Scott, 65, hasn't indicated if he'll sign the bill or not. The state would then have to get approval from the U.S. Congress to make the change from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time year round, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Energy demand goes up.

The modern version of daylight saving time was used to conserve coal in a time of war, which calls into question just what its goal still is. Some states kept it, and some counties in some states kept it.

The Department of Transportation oversees Daylight Saving Time, but there is no federal rule that requires it.

Arizona and MI originally opted out, but MI later joined in 1972. Two other states, Hawaii and Arizona, have similar exemptions. They get enough sunshine, and the added hour of light in the summertime isn't seen as a plus.

An Ibis is silhouetted as the sun sets in Marathon, Florida in the Florida Keys February 20, 2011.

Benjamin Franklin did not propose Daylight Saving Time. However, it seems to be ineffective nowadays. In fact, some studies have found DST causes more fuel consumption. There's also been a push in recent years to do away with it in California.