State Senator Darren Soto (D-FL14) has filed a bill that would make the time change permanent, reports Bay News 9. Soto — who represents areas of Orange, Osceola and Polk counties — put together the “Sunshine Protection Act” in a move to guard the Florida economy.
Soto believes that having more evening daylight will be a boost to the state’s tourism-based industry. By providing more sunlight for visitors and residents after work, Soto believes they’ll spend more money on things like golf, trips to the beach and the area’s other attractions.
If enacted — which Soto thinks is a long shot for this session — the bill would go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. When the state went to Daylight Savings Time in March 2014, it would simply never switch back. The bill would still leave Florida with two time zones, the peninsula is on Eastern Time while the western panhandle follows Central Time.
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