Florida Lawmakers Vote To End Daylight Saving Time

Submitted by: littlemissqt 3 months ago in News & Politics


An excerpt from CNN:

Lawmakers in Florida are tired of the whole "fall back" and "spring forward" rigamarole. So they've approved a bill to keep Daylight Saving Time going throughout the year in their state.

It took the state Senate less than a minute Tuesday to pass the "Sunshine Protection Act." There were only two dissenters. (The House passed it 103-11 on February 14.)

The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott -- but it's far from a done deal after that,
Even if the governor approves, a change like this will literally take an act of Congress.
But if all is approved, Floridians -- who'll set their clocks ahead one hour this Sunday when Daylight Saving Time begins -- won't have to mess with it ever again.

Florida will then join Hawaii and most of Arizona, the two places that are exempt from the Uniform Time Act of 1966. The Act established the system of uniform Daylight Saving Time throughout the US.


Side question: Are you for or against this archaic behavior in your state? I'm not talking to you, people of Hawaii and Arizona.
There are 23 comments:
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DST doesn't make any sense in tropical and subtropical areas, but the further away you get, the better it generally is. Given that our society doesn't move it's 9-5 schedule around to match the daytime, DST has the function of moving an hour of sunlight from the morning, where fewer people can use it, to the evening, meaning more people can get out and do fun things.

As an 'energy-saving measure' it's meh. But as a 'hey, live life and do cool things enhancer', it's quite useful.
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Male 5,889
I know the power companies make a shit load of extra cash from DST, i dunno how it effects other industries tho.
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Male 1,940
daegog if the power company is getting rich I’m not seeing any of it...
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Male 417
I have to agree here. Pick one and stick with it.
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Female 9,709
Not that florida has much of a winter, howver I do think daylight savings is stupid.
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Male 1,940
panth753 one thing about Florida that I’ve noticed is that it gets light earlier (based on the clock in EST) compared to Chicago. Maybe due to their geagraphical location within the time zone.  That screws with me the most
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Male 2,315
I don,t care one way or the other its just one more small inconvenience in life. Now my girlfriend she hates  it. The only problem is that if it ends it will end on the wrong note, she likes the daylight savings time part and not the going back to the real (?) time part. You know the gets dark real late during the summer. 
  I lived in Hawaii for a few years and even without daylight savings time it does not get dark until like 9:30 at night. 
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Male 315
casaledana Sorry to be pedantic, but sunsets in Honolulu vary from 7:17 P.M. in the summer to 5:48 P.M. in the winter. (DST is especially annoying when trying to contact people on the mainland and trying to remember what time it is over there.)
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Male 16,967
We don't have it, but we don't have Autumn either.
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Male 6,375
There's no reason for it. I finally agree with Florida on something.
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Don't know why everyone hates on daylight savings, sure once a year you have to get up an hour earlier but then in 6 months you get a lie in. Swings and roundabouts... plus I hate walking to work in the dark
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Male 7,674
Yeah, get rid.  They say it benefits farmers but since the dawn of time people have known sunrise when they see it .
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LordJim other way around - farmers hate it. Well, animal farmers. Plant farmers don't care so much. But your animals don't know what a clock is, and they need to be fed, watered, and (sheared|milked|whatever) at generally the same time each day. So farmers in DST areas have two separate calendars to manage, between when "shops in town are open/the news is on TV" and when "animals need attention".
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Male 7,674
barry9a OK. That never made sense to me.  So who benefits? 
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Male 852
LordJim A while back when Indiana was switching to DST the farmers were against it because it would confuse the cows or something like that.
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Male 2,315
muert   Not exactly confuse the cows, they get on a schedule and it does not matter what our artificial games are they don't get off there schedule.
  They know when milking time is and they don't need no stinking clock.
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Male 7,674
muert Cows are easy to confuse. 
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Male 42,981
Bad idea. It's time has passed.
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3,207
I've lived in states with and with out daylight savings. In AZ you just switch time zones, so not sure which is worse. I'd rather not deal with daylight savings but only if it meant not switching time zones. 
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Male 4,848
Unfortunately my body has adjusted to DST for years now.  Come Spring I start waking up earlier and Fall I wake later.  I think it would take some time for me to adjust to life without it.  But I guess I'd put up with it as long as I would never have to "Spring Forward" again!
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Male 4,949
It is dumb. As I recall, Ben Franklin suggested it as a bit of a joke and some politicians thought it was a good idea. Maybe it was back then but we need to get rid of it.
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Male 216
I work night shift so day light savings time has always messed with me. Either I have to skip 2am or I get 2 2ams in one night. I would vote to remove it on that alone.

I once heard a native american say that day light savings is a bit like cutting one end off a blanket and then sowing back on the other side, and calling it longer. I agree.
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Male 852
This needs to happen everywhere.  DST is just stupid.
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