Sunshine State senator: Keep Daylight Saving Time all year

Elias Hubbard
March 16, 2018

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., backed Florida state legislators Wednesday by filing separate bills aimed at keeping Florida -- and the nation -- on daylight-saving time throughout the year.

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The Florida Republican also insisted there were health benefits in making DST permanent including studies from the International Journal Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and the Journal of Physical Activity and Health which found that children exercise more; and a report from the Journal of Environment Psychology which showed more cycling and walking when DST is extended.

"As the 2018 session just recently concluded, I am proud to have sponsored HB 1013 which overwhelmingly passed both the House and Senate". I look forward to working with Senator Rubio and his colleagues on addressing this issue.

Rubio took this initiative a week after Florida's Legislature voted to make their state the nation's first to adopt year-round daylight saving time statewide - a change that can't take effect unless Congress changes federal law. Those in support point that more daylight would strengthen the economy and allow more time for outdoor leisure activities.

Benefits the agricultural economy, which is disproportionately disrupted by biannual changes in time by upsetting farm schedules and farmers' relationships with their supply chain and distribution partners. The change would also reduce the number of robberies in the country by 27 percent and auto crashes.

Reduces auto crashes and vehicle wrecks involving pedestrians because the additional sunlight increased visibility, according to the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Safety Research.

He added that the change would reduce childhood obesity and have a positive impact on physical fitness.

By 1966, airlines and other clock-watching businesses exhausted of such quirks and pushed Congress to pass the Uniform Time Act.

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