This weekend we turn the clocks back to standard time. Why do we have to do it? Well here’s why daylight saving time isn’t permanent in Florida.
The people of Florida want daylight saving time to be permanent. In 2018 our state legislature passed the Sunshine Protection Act which declared that Florida would remain on DST. So why is it that we still have to change our clocks twice a year?
That’s where the Federal government comes in. You see as the Florida bill was written, it only signaled the state’s intention to remain permanently on daylight saving time. That permanent time change can ONLY HAPPEN if a Federal version of the bill was passed and signed into law.
Our Florida lawmakers in both chambers of Congress have introduced bills every session since 2018 with over a dozen co-sponsors. Sadly, every year these bills have died in committee. This year’s bills are still awaiting action.
So until it gets passed on the Federal level, we’ll be changing our clocks twice a year.
Daylight saving time ends this Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2 a.m. There are a few good things that happen with the time change. It’s a good reminder to change the batteries on your smoke detectors. Also since we “fall back,” we gain an hour’s sleep.