Over the past couple years, there’s been lots of talk about staying on Daylight Saving Time permanently. What happened? Didn’t Florida pass a bill to get it done? Yes the Florida Legislature did. And Governor Rick Scott even signed it. But there’s always a catch, isn’t there?
This weekend, you will once again have to set your clock back one hour as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end. Many who want more sunlight in the afternoon and early evening hours don’t want to change the clock. Others say they want sunlight earlier in the morning. Whenever we’ve done a Q105 poll on the topic, most want to get rid of the fall time change and STAY on Daylight Saving Time, giving us more daylight at the end of the day. However, when you read the comments section of our Facebook page, the vocal minority who are against the idea say they worry about kids waiting at the bus stop in the dark. Each side of the argument cites studies of how their way is the right way. But most Floridians want Daylight Saving Time made permanent. So Florida politicians took action.
So who won? Nobody. The problem is Washington. The “Sunshine Protection Act” was never taken up by Congress. Yes, Congress has to approve it. Florida just can’t go rogue on this. It was never approved or denied. Marco Rubio is still trying to make it happen. He even proposed the whole country adopt the plan. Neither has made it to the finish line. So yes, you will have to change your clock this weekend. Rubio still hopes it’s the last time you’ll ever have to do it.