Time to spring forward tonight

DST2HOLT, Fla., March 10, 2018—It’s time once again to start complaining about losing an hour of sleep.

Daylight Savings Times begins at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, or bedtime Saturday night when most people set their clocks forward one hour.

For Florida, there’s an outside chance this could be the last time the clocks are adjusted.

The Florida Senate approved a bill March 6 to observe Daylight Savings Time year-round, pending approval by the U.S. Congress. The bill passed in Florida’s House of Representatives Feb. 14 by a 103-11 vote.

Referred to as the Sunshine Protection Act, following Gov. Rick Scott’s signature, the request goes to the U.S. Congress to make daylight savings time year-round standard time for the state.

Should Congress approve Florida’s request, the Sunshine State will be the only state to remain in Daylight Savings Time. Hawaii and most parts of Arizona don’t participate in DST but remain in standard time year round.

For Florida to remain in DST, Congress must make a change to the Universal Time Act, passed in 1966, that established Daylight Savings Time nationally.

According to the act, states can opt out of participating, but there’s no provision for states that want to remain on DST.

Regardless of the U.S. Congress’s decision, those who forget to set their clocks ahead an hour tonight will likely be late for church tomorrow morning.

Let the complaining begin.

Stephanie Holcombe

 

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