Why Florida Doesn’t Stay on Daylight Savings Time
Daylight Saving Time Ends Nov. 7. Why Does Fla. Still Do This?
In 2018, Fla. lawmakers approved year-round Daylight Saving Time in keeping with the Sunshine State’s theme. But Congress still hasn’t signed off on it.
NAPLES, Fla. – It’s that time of the year again. Time to change the clocks and time to start the debate over the biannual time change.
Fifteen states have enacted legislation to make daylight saving time year-round. The Sunshine State has been on the side of keeping longer daylight hours permanent since 2018 when U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio introduced a bill called the “Sunshine Protection Act.” The Florida Legislature almost unanimously voted for it.
But it still hasn’t happened.
That’s because the law requires congressional approval to take effect. The bill, a rare bipartisan effort, has been reintroduced several times, including this year, and is growing in Congress and around the country.
Pros and cons of daylight saving time
Advocates of permanent daylight saving time say the extra daylight is safer, better for the economy – more time to be out and about spending money at parks and other attractions. And it’s better for your health. There’s more time to be active outdoors – and there’s no sleep disruption.
Opponents, such as educators, worry about the hazards caused by increased darkness later in the morning.
Critics also point out the whole intention of the century-old practice of “springing forward” was to save energy. In today’s digital world, the savings is minor. When Indiana decided to introduce DST in 2006, a study found the measure actually increased energy use in the state, according to dateandtime.com.
Until the bill is approved at the federal level, we’ll have to continue to mess with our clocks and our sleep patterns twice a year. So, here’s a few things you should know about daylight saving time:
Is it daylight savings time or daylight saving time?
Let’s start here: It’s not plural. It is singular: daylight saving time (DST).
Is daylight saving time an hour forward on Nov. 7 or an hour back?
There are catchphrases to help remember which way to set your clocks: “spring ahead” and “fall back.” On Nov. 7, we will set the clocks back one hour, falling back to standard time. Next Spring, when daylight saving time starts March 13, we spring ahead – meaning we set the clocks ahead one hour and enjoy longer daylight hours.
Does daylight saving time help farmers?
Popular belief is that the biannual change was created to help American farmers. In fact, farmers were its strongest opponents and, as a group, stubbornly resisted the change from the beginning, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
When did daylight saving time start?
Daylight saving time was first used in 1908 by a few hundred Canadians in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Germany popularized DST after it first set the clocks forward on April 30, 1916, to save coal during World War I, according to timeanddate.com.
Daylight saving time became a national standard in 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act, which was established as a way to continue to conserve energy. The thinking was, if it’s light out longer, that’s less time you’ll need to use the lights in your house.
Do all states observe daylight saving time?
Presently, all states but Hawaii and Arizona (except the Navajo Nation) observe DST. The territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands also do not observe DST.
Which states want to stop observing daylight saving time?
Along with Florida, California, Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Oregon, Idaho, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Arkansas, Georgia, Ohio and Wyoming have enacted legislation to end the changing of the clocks. But remember, these states still need the OK from Congress to enact the change.
What about daylight saving time on the rest of the planet?
Daylight saving time is used in more than 70 countries worldwide and affects over one billion people every year. The beginning and end dates vary from one country to another.
When is daylight saving time, exactly?
Since 2007, daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November. Previously, it had started on the last Sunday of April and ended on the last Sunday of October.
When does daylight saving time end in 2021?
Daylight saving time ends Nov. 7, 2021, when we fall back one hour.
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