Lawmaker wants daylight-saving time all year

ASSOCIATED PRESSFebruary 11, 2013 

TALLAHASSEE -- A Florida state legislator doesn't want to "fall back" in November.

Sen. Darren Soto on Friday filed a bill that would mandate that Florida keep its clock in daylight-saving time year-round.

The Orlando Democrat said he sponsored the bill (SB 734) because he gets frustrated that it gets dark earlier during the winter. The bill is called the "Sunshine Protection Act."

Florida, like most other states in the country, follows the pattern of moving clocks ahead one hour in March then reverting to standard time in November.

Soto has little hope his bill will get passed this year but said he wants to start a discussion about daylight-saving time. Soto also said there is a question whether it's legal under federal law for Florida to keep itself on daylight-saving time.

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