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Danish agrees: Fla. should stay on ‘daylight time’ all the time
Posted Jan 22, 2014 by James L. Rosica
Updated Jan 22, 2014 at 06:13 PM
A Central Florida senator’s effort to get Florida to stay permanently on daylight saving time has picked up a House sponsor.
Rep. Mark Danish, D-Tampa, announced Wednesday his measure (HB 701) that’s a companion bill to the one (SB 74) filed by Sen. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee.
“Florida is called the sunshine state for a reason,” Danish said. “The Sunshine Protection Act would give Floridians and tourists an extra hour to enjoy the sun, which is one of the greatest attractions of our state.”
Soto filed a similar bill last year that died in committee.
Federal law says daylight time starts 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March and ends 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November.
Areas can decide not to change, however. Residents of Hawaii and most of Arizona never switch and stay on standard time year-round.