Georgia, Florida residents react to Florida bill for year-round Daylight Saving Time

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By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 6, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Georgia resident, Rachel Embert said, "Times are changing."

However, time may not be changing when it comes to switching the clock backward and forward. Florida could stay on Daylight Saving Time year round.

The Senate approved the "Sunshine Protection Act" Tuesday, meaning Florida wouldn't set clocks back in the fall.

"Coordinating with customers with the time change, customers in Tallahassee, will be something we'll have to think about going forward," said Paige Brande, an assistant manager at Turner's Furniture.

The company has nine locations in Georgia and one in Florida.

Brande's store borders the state line. She says two different time zones between the two states could be awkward for customers, deliveries, and the 50 percent of employees who live and work between Florida and Georgia.

But, she says it's nothing detrimental.

"I was thinking about the panhandle. They have the same problem now with being right over the line for the time zones. So, people do it. Indiana doesn't do Daylight Saving at all. If they can figure it out, we can," Brande said.

Rachel Embert is an office administrator at Turner's. She said, "If they decide to go through with it, I think that we're going to have to accommodate the best that we can."

Afzalur Rahman has a 45 minute drive to work. Currently, he wakes up at 4 a.m. to leave his home in Tallahassee to open the store where he works on 319 in Georgia.

"We have to wake up early to get to work. Then at the same time, you're going to get less sleep, more stress, travel more, and less family time," Rahman said.

Most do like the idea of more daylight all year.

The U.S. Congress would need to approve the change once Governor Scott signs it.

By: Associated Press
March 6, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is a step closer to living up to its nickname as "The Sunshine State."

A bill to let Florida remain on Daylight Saving Time year round is headed to Gov. Rick Scott's desk after the state Senate approved it 33-2 on Tuesday.

If Scott signs the "Sunshine Protection Act," Congress would need to amend existing federal law to allow the change.

While the rest of the Eastern United States would set their clocks back in the fall, Florida wouldn't, leaving it with more sunshine in the evening during the winter. Northwest Florida is currently in the Central time zone.

Hawaii, most of Arizona, and a handful of U.S. territories -- including American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands -- do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

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