Daylight saving time bill approved by Florida Senate

UPDATE 2:08 p.m.: The Florida Senate approved a bill Tuesday afternoon that expresses lawmakers’ intent to put the state on year-round daylight saving time if allowed by Congress.

The Sunshine State Protection Act passed in a 33-2 vote. It has already passed in the full House.

The approval means the bill will go to the governor’s desk, but it doesn’t mean the “spring forward” clock change Sunday at 2 a.m. will put the state on permanent daylight saving time.

Currently, states can opt out of daylight saving time to stay on standard time, but cannot make daylight saving time permanent.

The language of the “Sunshine Protection Act.” SB 858 and HB 1013.

Previous story: A daylight saving time bill that has already passed the full House is up for a third reading today in the Florida Senate.

If the bill (SB 858, HB 1013) is heard, it’s an opportunity for Senators to ask questions and debate the proposal before a final vote. It was read for the second time Monday.

The so-called the Sunshine State Protection Act says the intent of the Florida legislature would be to make daylight saving time permanent if allowed by Congress.

Related: Who’s to blame for daylight saving time, it’s not who you were taught.

Currently, states can opt out of daylight saving time to stay on standard time, but cannot make daylight saving time permanent.

The sun rises behind the Worth Avenue clock tower on Nov. 29, 2016

Whether the current legislature can make law for a future legislature is up for debate, but Senate sponsor Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, said support for the plan is high among the public and lawmakers.

It passed unanimously in three senate committees and was approved 103 to 11 by the full House.

Time is running out for the bill to pass with the 2018 session scheduled to end Friday.

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Most of the U.S. adheres to daylight saving time between the second Sunday in March, when the clocks are moved forward an hour, to the first Sunday in November, when clocks are moved back an hour.

The extension for daylight saving time to eight months was approved in The Energy Policy Act of 2005 and went into effect in 2007.

Florida will move from standard time to daylight saving time Sunday at 2 a.m.

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