Daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 11, at 2:00 AM. So make sure you put your clocks forward this weekend. And if you live in Florida, you may never have to reset your watches. CNN reports that lawmakers in Florida voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Sunshine Protection Act, a bill that would maintain summer time throughout the year.
According to the Tampa Bay Times state senator Greg Steube came up with the idea when he entered his local barbershop after the clocks changed last fall. "One of the hairdressers had small children, and every time they reset their clock [that they had trouble] it had such a negative impact that they put their children at school," he told the Senate Senate Committee Senate Committee. He said since he introduced the idea, he heard from people across the state that the change could increase tourism dollars and also save money.
"Today, one of the biggest drawbacks [of daylight saving time] in parts of Florida is still sunrise until 8:30, which means it would be pitch black for students and early commuters," author of Author David Prerau uses the daylight : The Curious and Controversial History of Summer Time said the Miami Herald . "People do not like dark mornings, and that's the main reason why summer time was not taken all year round."
There are of course disadvantages to going to summer time all year round. That would mean that Florida is out of sync with the rest of the East Coast, which will change everything from the time they watch certain TV shows to the way people do business.
That said, the change is definitely not a safe bet for Florida. The bill must be signed by Governor Rick Scott, and then Congress will be approved by Congress to agree. Currently, Hawaii and most of Arizona do not follow the summer time rules.