Daylight Saving Time ends, but didn’t Florida lawmakers pass a bill to make it permanent?

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Time to fall back, St. Pete. On Sunday, November 3 all the clocks get set back one hour. Enjoy that extra time to sleep, or go for a run, or enjoy a tasty brunch. Carpe that diem in whatever way pleases you.

Yes, in spite of the fact that the Florida Legislature passed a bill that would permanently put the state on Daylight Saving time, the clocks are getting set back in the Sunshine State. Back in 2018, then Governor Rick Scott did sign the bill into law, but the law requires congressional approval.

Why hasn’t the bill been approved? There are those that worry putting Florida on a different schedule than the rest of the country would have dire consequences for companies that do business across state lines.

Senator Marco Rubio is an ardent supporter of moving Florida to permanent Day Light Saving Time, according to a report by the Sun-Sentinel. This year’s bill, the Sunshine Protection Act, would move states permanently onto daylight saving time if they’ve requested it.

So, to answer the question: Yes, you still have to set your clocks back in Florida. For now, at least.

What do you think? Should Florida move to permanent Daylight Saving Time?

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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