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Florida senators push to make Daylight Saving Time permanent in U.S.

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday
Posted: 4:01 PM, Mar 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-06 16:01:27-05
Daylight Saving Time

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTXL) — Several Florida senators have introduced a bill that would make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent across the country.

On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan (R-FL) introduced the Sunshine Protection Act.

This is the second time that Senator Rubio has introduced the measure to Congress.

In 2018, Florida legislature’s passed a bill that would allow Florida to stay in DST year-round DST. However, the state cannot make the change without federal approval.

“I was glad to sign legislation as Governor to continue Daylight Saving Time year-round for Floridians, and now join Senator Rubio to lead this effort in Congress,” Scott 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.”

If passed, the legislation would apply to states who currently participate in DST, which most states observe for eight months out of the year. Standard Time, from November to March, is only observed for four months out of the 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. “Reflecting the will of the State of Florida, I’m proud to reintroduce this bill to also make Daylight Saving Time permanent nationally.”

In a press release , Sen. Rubio shared more potential benefits should the legislation be passed.

If the Florida senators get their way, this Sunday will be the last time America has to change their clocks.

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 10, and lasts until Sunday, November 3.