Daylight-Saving Time...Year-Round?

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By: James Buechele
March 7, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - On Saturday night, millions of Americans will 'spring' forward, losing one hour of sleep and getting more sunshine at night.

One Florida Lawmaker wants to change that. Instead of turning the clocks back an hour in the fall, he wants to keep the sunshine just a little bit longer. State Senator, Darren Soto, (D) Orlando, introduced SB734 known as the 'Sunshine Protection Act'. This would keep Florida on Daylight Saving Time year-round.

"We lose an hour of sunshine for a law that may be antiquated at this point," said Soto.

It's not just the fact that physically and mentally it can be hard to adjust to, the change could also make a big impact for Florida's tourism and economy.

"Businesses along the coast in the tourism corridor that I represent have come out to say 'yes an extra hour of sunshine that's a no-brainer that would certainly help us out'."

Soto has left provisions that would let schools set start times when they deem fit because of darker morning hours. The bill will not be up for a vote during this session but Soto hopes it starts a conversation for the future.

A bill introduced in the Florida Senate today proposes observing Daylight Saving Time year-round.

The act is being called the 'Sunshine Protection Act' .

WCTV will bring you more information tonight on Eyewitness News.

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