Florida Legislature May Vote to End Daylight Savings Time

What’s worse: Dusk ruining a late-afternoon round of golf, or figuring out how to change the microwave clock twice a year?A state senator is sure it’s the latter, so he’s pushing a bill to abolish daylight saving time in Florida.

Saying it puts people through ”unnecessary jet lag” and the annoyance of having to change clocks in the spring and fall, Republican Sen. Bill Posey of Rockledge wants the Sunshine State to join Hawaii and parts of Arizona as DST rebels.

”The whole body gets out of its equilibrium,” Posey said Thursday at a Senate committee on governmental operations, where he is vice chairman.

The group favored the bill 4-1. It faces two more committee votes before the full Senate would take it up; there is no similar legislation in the House.

Sen. Jim King, the lone no vote, believes the extra hour of daylight is worth the aggravation of changing clocks twice a year. The draw of the Sunshine State is, of course, sunshine.

”The other side is the elongated lighted time in the summer months, which is when we entertain most of our visitors,” said King, a Jacksonville Republican. “It’s a plus that it doesn’t get dark until late.”

The practice of turning clocks back in the fall and ahead in the spring has been controversial since Americans began observing daylight savings in 1918. At the time, U.S. politicians borrowed the idea from their European allies to help conserve energy during World War I. The unpopular decision was repealed, even after President Woodrow Wilson — a golf fanatic — fought hard to keep DST.

Congress brought back DST during World War II and made it a law in 1966. States can opt out of observing DST, which begins the second Sunday in March and continues until the first Sunday in November.

Posey’s idea is for Florida to ”stay off it all the time,” he said. He talked about the hassle of changing clocks, watches and cellphones, about work accidents going up during DST and the effect it has on people’s internal clocks.

Some early studies supported the theory that daylight saving time conserves energy, but some recent examinations found that it can increase energy consumption — partly because people have to run air conditioners longer into the evening and use heaters and lights when it’s still cold and dark in the morning.

One study, released in February by researchers at the University of California-Santa Barbara reported that household electricity usage increased by 1 to 4 percent after Indiana adopted daylight saving time in 2006 — an additional cost of $8.6 million.

”Our main finding is that — contrary to the policy’s intent — DST increases residential electricity demand,” the researchers concluded.

Source:  Miami Herald

So, the reason we’re supposed to be using daylight savings time (saving energy) does not, in fact, work but we keep doing it anyway?  After this many years of expecting a different outcome, I would think that a lot more people would be saying “this is stupid”.  I enjoyed living in Arizona where time just stayed the same. 

It was just getting light enough outside to easily see the children standing outside waiting for the bus, then the time changed so they were standing beside the road in the dark again. 

This year, the time change coincided with the FCAT.  “Hey, kids, do your best on the test and WAKE UP!”  I was falling asleep, and I was one of the administrators.

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  1. 1

    Robert D said,

    I sure hope this idea gets some traction and goes nationwide. If we can sell it to the enviro-nuts it just might work. But….it’s based on facts, it might be hard to sell them on that part. :grin:

  2. 2

    Pete said,

    I work extremely hard and long hours and pay lots taxes and I really enjoy that extra one hour of sunlight after coming out of the office. Practically everyone I know really look forward to that time change to get alittle more sunlight and time to enjoy life.

  3. 3

    Robert D said,

    I don’t care if they leave it on DST. Just stop changing the damn time! Pick one and leave it, people will get over it.

  4. 4

    swampie said,

    Exactly!

  5. 5

    Jim said,

    Just STOP the madness with DST! Its aggravating and frustrating, hard to adjusted twice a year, dangerous for children at the bus stops in Spring, and is senseless too.

  6. 6

    Tanya said,

    The majority of the people I know drive t o work in the dark, and get home in the evenings to be able to enjoy time with the family playing outside or at the park. There is no questions that darkness causes SSD and makes people sit at home with all the lights on until bedtime. Regardless, I feel that morning darkness is better for humans that evening darkness. Life is completely missed… unless you enjoy cabin fever and explaining to the kids it is not safe to play outside after dark.

  7. 7

    Alex S. said,

    Any updates on this bill because I hope Daylight Saving Time in Florida does come to end…

    Florida is not a state that really benefits from the extra hour of sunlight like other states may; I’d say the sun stays out for too long during summer.

    I really don’t enjoy having to lose an hour of sleep when I have to wake up and go to work in March; but I really hate having to wait until 9 o’clock at night during the summer just for it to get dark outside.

    Believe it or not… There are people who enjoy the moon and night-time atmosphere more so than the sun and daylight atmosphere.

  8. 8

    swampie said,

    I wish! Although my clock is going to say 4:45 next Monday, my body is going to say it’s 3:45, GO BACK TO SLEEP, FOOL!

  9. 9

    kcduffy said,

    The older I get, the longer it takes to adjust – twice a year now, for almost a month, I am a mess!

    Of course, that might happen during the rest of the year, too…but the mess lasts longer at the time changes, I’m certain of it.

  10. 10

    miss d said,

    i wish florida would change from daylight saving time, especially for the children who have to get up an hour earlier for school. This is very dangerous walking in the dark, some are injured as a result of accidents and can be subjected to kidnapping and rape. Please consider our chilren’s safety. Any update would be helpful

  11. 11

    Joe Whitson said,

    The time of year right now is perfect. It is nice for the people who work till 5:00pm, to be able to have enough time to get home and cut grass or take care of other things before it gets dark. During the fall and winter months, you do not have enough time to leave work and get home in time to even cut grass. This forces you to use your weekends to get yard work done. I would imagine most people would like to spend quality time with their families or even just relax on their valuable weekends. Please let us have more daylight.

  12. 12

    robert said,

    We are not God to change time. Leave it alone. I am old person and I cannot adjust my body, I get sick and can not get over it.

  13. 13

    Rocky said,

    Whey don’t they change the work schedule and get over it if workers and employers agree on this, but do not impose it on everybody.

  14. 14

    kc said,

    Cuz that would mean we’re running our own lives, and that is frowned on by our Elected Officials and their drones. Mustn’t do, as my grandmama used to say…

  15. 15

    bill said,

    I have always been against daylight savings time. I remember being able to ride my bicycle for two or more hours in the cool of the morning and getting home before anybody was up and before the business day began and before there was traffic on the streets to make riding the bicycle dangerous. I am very opposed to DST for another reason. Every job where i was fired was in the summer simply because of DST. I can’t adjust. Please, I’m Begging, No More Daylight Savings Time!

    The cost of changing between Standard Time and Daylight Savings for the nation has been estimated at $3 per person. That is a national cost of WHAT??? $850,000,000 each time or $1,700,000,000 per year! This is simply the cost of changing! It does not include the costs of loss of labor from grumpiness to work earlier for several days in the morning in the spring, and sleepiness to work later in the evening in the fall, not to mention much greater dangers from sleep deprivation.

  16. 16

    Sherry said,

    I am all for keeping one set time. Changing does not really benefit anything. Keeping it light longer is a lot safer. It also benefits the bodys
    clock. Come on Florida lets do it.

  17. 17

    I came to Florida in 1960 and loved the idea of more daylight. Now I am older and I can not see at night, so getting dark earlier is real bad for me. I have to hurry up whatever I am doing to get home before dark.
    I now can not go out for dinner unless someone drives me. I really hate
    the darkness coming early.


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