The second Sunday in March is no federal holiday, but it throws a time wrench in the schedules of people across the country as Daylight Savings springs the clocks one hour forward.
This is one less hour in the night, one hour robbed from hardworking people just looking to get some sleep.
The Sunday morning of Daylight Savings, where the clocks jump forward one hour in the middle of the night, people often forget to change their clocks or fail to prepare for the one less hour of sleep and begin their day a bit more groggy and dazed.
This may never happen again if a legislative effort that was recently introduced gets signed into law.
A Fox News op-ed reports Republican Senator Marco Rubio is leading the charge to end Daylight Savings.
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But if Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, both Florida Republicans, have their way, our forward and backward travels through time will come to an end. They filed a bill in the Senate Wednesday to extend daylight saving time for the entire year. They call it the Sunshine Protection Act.
The senators introduced the bill because the Florida Legislature voted last year to adopt year-round daylight saving time. But the change can’t take effect unless Congress changes federal law.
Currently only Hawaii and Arizona are exempt from the Uniform Time Act enacted in 1966 to make daylight saving time nationwide.
Rubio and Scott said in a joint news release that making daylight saving time permanent across the nation would reduce a lot of bad things, including: car crashes, car accidents involving pedestrians, heart attacks, strokes, seasonal depression, robberies, childhood obesity and energy use.
“The legislation, if enacted, would apply to those states who currently participate in DST, which most states observe for eight months out of the year. Standard Time, from November to March, is only observed for four months out of the year. The bill would simply negate the need for Americans to change their clocks twice a year. Many studies have shown that making DST permanent could benefit the economy and the country. A one-pager of the bill is available here,” Rubio and Scott said in the statement.
Daylight Saving Time lasts until the first Sunday in November, or November 3rd this year.
Here’s even more, from the Miami Herald:
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
The push from Florida lawmakers hinges on the premise that, for example, on the winter solstice, the day in the Northern Hemisphere with the least amount of daylight, sunrise in Florida would be at 8 a.m. and the sunset at 6:30 p.m. instead of 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. like it is during standard time.
Joined by U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, Rubio and Scott introduced The Sunshine Protection Act on Wednesday. This is the second time Rubio has proposed this plan.
“Studies have shown many benefits of a year-round daylight saving time, which is why Florida’s Legislature overwhelmingly voted to make it permanent last year,” Rubio said in a statement. “Reflecting the will of the state of Florida, I’m proud to reintroduce this bill to also make daylight saving time permanent nationally.”
Scott said the bill would “allow Floridians and visitors to enjoy our beautiful state even later in the day, and will benefit Florida’s tourism industry, which just celebrated another record year.”
Among the benefits outlined by Rubio’s office, the bill could theoretically reduce energy usage, robberies and car accidents, according to the lawmakers.