TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Senator Stuebe originally wanted to terminate daylight savings time, until his barber reportedly told him the benefits of it. A proposed bill in the Florida Senate that would authorize the state to observe daylight saving as the standard time year-round is moving forward.
On Tuesday, the Community Affairs Committee unanimously approved the bill, dubbed the “Sunshine Protection Act,” in a vote of 6-0. The bill was sent to the committee in November.
The proposal would exclude Florida from time changes twice per year.
The bill still needs to be reviewed and approved by the Commerce & Tourism Committee and Rules Committee before it makes it to the Senate floor.
Along with the state observing daylight saving time year-round, the bill would also relocate Florida’s panhandle into the eastern time zone. Much of it currently sits in the central time zone.
If the bill becomes law, the time zone change will occur “as soon as practicable,” meaning it wouldn’t immediately happen. The move would need to be approved by the Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation.
Proper documentation would also need to be provided to prove that moving the entire state into one time zone would serve the convenience of commerce.
A similar bill is also making its way through the House. However, it does not include changing the time zone to include Florida’s panhandle. That bill entered into the Government Accountability Committee on Wednesday.
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