Fla. lawmaker tries to extend Daylight Savings Time: Are you in?

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In “light” of the new Rasmussen poll showing 45 percent of Americans are tired of changing their clocks twice a year, Florida Sen. Darren Soto introduced the “Sunshine Protection Act” that would keep the state on Daylight Savings Time year ‘round. Floridians would never “fall back” and lose that hour of sunshine.

“Our government first switched to Daylight Saving Time during both world wars to save energy,” Fox 13 Orlando reported. “President Ronald Reagan moved up the start date to early April, then President George W. Bush moved it up to early March.”

“Floridians’ quality-of-life and, potentially, economics would be improved by having an hour more of sunshine in the afternoon,” Soto told the news station.

According to the article, critics of extending Daylight Savings Time say the energy savings isn’t really all that much. “A federal study put the savings at around a half of one percent,” Fox reported.

The main concern, though, is the confusion that would ensue with Florida being one hour ahead of the rest of the east coast for half of the year.

What are your thoughts?

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Read the Fox 13 Orlando report here.


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