FL lawmakers pass year-round daylight saving time

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Tuesday, the Senate voted 33-2 to send a bill to Gov. Rick Scott to ask the U.S. Congress to decide whether Florida should be a state that enjoys daylight saving time year-round.

The House passed the bill on Feb. 14, in a 103-11 vote.

Under HB 1013 proposal, called the “Sunshine Protection Act,” the state would ask Congress to pass a law to let Florida move from standard time to daylight saving’s time.

The law would allow Floridians to set their clocks one hour ahead year-round.

Daylight saving’s time begins the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

This year it is set to start March 11, and end Nov. 4.

If approved, Florida will become the third state in the United States to be exempted from the 1966 law that set specific times for all time zones across the country.

Under federal law, The U.S Department of Transportation is charged with setting time zones but allows states to exempt themselves from daylight saving time if Congress approves.


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