Florida legislators try again to make daylight saving time permanent

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If Florida Senators get their way, Sunday would be the last time you spring ahead. 

Senators Marco Rubio, Rick Scott, and Rep. Vern Buchanan introduced the Sunshine Protection act which would make daylight saving time permanent across the country.

This is the second Congress that Sen. Rubio has introduced the measure of year-round daylight saving time to. 

If approved, the legislation would apply to states who currently participate in daylight saving time and would get rid of the need for Americans to change their clocks twice a year.

“Studies have shown many benefits of a year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is why Florida’s legislature overwhelmingly voted to make it permanent last year,” Rubio said. 

The Sunshine Protection Act will allow Floridians and visitors to enjoy our beautiful state even later in the day, and will benefit Florida’s tourism industry, which just celebrated another record year.” Former Governor and current Senator Rick Scott said.

Some potential positives to making daylight saving time permanent for the nation, according to a press release provided by Senator Rubio include: Reduces car crashes and car accidents involving pedestrians, reduces energy usage, reduces the number of robberies by 27 percent, and reduce childhood obesity and increases physical fitness

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 10, and lasts until Sunday, Nov. 3.  

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