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Year Round Daylight Savings Time Still Stuck in Congress

October 31st, 2019 by Mike Vasilinda

It has been 19 months since Florida Lawmakers and the Governor approved a switch to year round Day Light Savings time, but required Congressional approval has been slow in coming.

US Senator Marco Rubio filed the Sunshine Protection act and in a video released by his office isn’t happy about the delay.

“Well, it is my hope that Sunday, November 3rd will be the last time we have to do this ridiculous changing of the clocks back and forth,” said Rubio.

To many, it seems like a no brainer.

“I sleep late in the mornings, but I like the late afternoons,” said Ruby Mc Allister who lives near the time zone barrier in Florida’s panhandle.

But there is powerful opposition coming from the national PTA.

“It is definitely a trick. It is not good for Florida’s children,” said Melissa Raffensberger with the Florida PTA.

Melissa Raffensberger spoke to us between Halloween parties.

“So you have elementary students waiting in the dark for their busses. It’s a traffic issues with these young students waiting outside. Also, even going up to high school, you have these new drivers, these young drivers driving in the dark,” said Raffensberger.

 

In Congress, there is also competing legislation that would make Standard Time permanent all year long.

Something Patricia Ried yearns for.

“Because you’re more relaxed. People understand stuff and you get more done,” said Reid.

So come this weekend, Floridians will fall back at least one more time with the fate of whether that’s the last time in the hands of a bitterly divided congress.

President Trump has signaled his support for year round day light savings time.

Six other states besides Florida have asked Congress for the change.

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