Among the many bills waiting for action by Gov. Rick Scott is one asking Congress to decide whether Florida should be a state that enjoys daylight saving time year-round.
Under HB 1013, called the "Sunshine Protection Act," the state would ask Congress to pass a law to let the Sunshine State move from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time (when you set your clocks ahead one hour) year-round. Daylight saving time runs from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November and well, it just started Sunday.
Sen. Marco Rubio says he's ready to push for the legislation in Congress.
But have we thought about the real-life effects of such a change? Of being on a different clock than the rest of the East Coast?
Paul Dellegatto, the chief meteorologist at FOX13 in Tampa, has been tweeting out some such thoughts.
Move to year round DST as approved by #Florida senate today means sunrise in January will occur between 8:17 am and 8:22 am. Sunset between 6:45 pm and 7:17 pm. There is no perfect clock solution.— Paul Dellegatto⚡️FOX (@PaulFox13) March 7, 2018
...more crazy year round DST impacts. #Bucs home games in November and December would likely start at 2 pm or 5 pm to line up with rest of east coast. #Lightning games on west coast would start at 11:00 or 11:30 and be over well after 1:30 am #Florida time.— Paul Dellegatto⚡️FOX (@PaulFox13) March 7, 2018
Actually. Sunrise in January would be as late as 8:22 am. Most of month between 8:17 am and 8:22 am. https://t.co/4D2R9D9IvW— Paul Dellegatto⚡️FOX (@PaulFox13) March 7, 2018
Elementary school starts at 7:40 am next year in Hillsborough County. If year round #DST is approved by Congress, kids will travel to school and have most of their 1st period in the dark. In January, sun would rise between 8:17 am and 8:22 am. #Florida— Paul Dellegatto⚡️FOX (@PaulFox13) March 7, 2018
If approved, Florida would join two other states that have exempted themselves from the 1966 law that set a uniform time for all time zones across the country. Hawaii and most of Arizona are on standard time year-round.