There’s a lot of questions being asked about daylight-saving time in Florida right now.
The state legislature passed a bill to stay in daylight-saving time permanently, but pending Congressional approval you’ll still need to adjust your clocks on November 4.
Time changes can be confusing, but the easy way to remember the change in time is that we fall back an hour in the fall and spring forward one hour in the spring.
After November 4 we leave daylight-saving time and go back to standard time. The sun will rise earlier in the day, but it will also get dark earlier.
“It’s something that has bothered me for years,” State Representative Heather Fitzenhagen said.
Fitzenhagen wants to stay in daylight-saving time, so she co-sponsored the bill in the state legislature to make it happen.
“Wouldn’t it be great if we had a few more hours of daylight? Because just when the weather starts to turn nice here in Fort Myers, we have to roll back the clock earlier,” Fitzenhagen said.
After several hearings and votes, the legislature passed the bill, and the governor signed it.
But don’t adjust that clock yet.
States are allowed to permanently opt into standard time (Arizona and Hawaii already did) but not daylight-saving time like Florida wants to do right now. For that, you have to get approval from Congress.
Senator Marco Rubio has filed a bill to allow the time change. He also presented a proposal to change the rest of the country to daylight-saving to avoid any confusion from travelers, business, and other entities.
But the bills are not getting voted on any time soon.
“While I understand it’s not a priority, I hope that at some point in the future we can address it,” Fitzenhagen said.
But not everyone supports the time change. The Florida Parent Teacher Association opposes permanent daylight-saving time because it would stay dark for the morning commute to school.
But many local businesses and residents want to see the change.
The bill passed by the legislature would also change parts of Florida currently on central standard time to eastern standard time. That, again, would need approval from federal authorities.