Sunday, March 11th at 2 a.m. marks the time shift to "spring forward". If Sunshine State legislators get their way, Floridians won't be falling back.
But while some states have tinkered with resolutions and proclamations denouncing the forced time manipulations, Florida may actually start a movement, said Scott Yates, an entrepreneur who runs a blog dedicated to preserving daylight saving time year round. However, from November to March, our mornings would be significantly darker.
In 1918 President Woodrow Wilson signed into law a "Fast Time" bill, but it was repealed a few months later.
Michael Downing, author of the 2006 book "Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time", said time zone complications are often overlooked when daylight saving time changes are proposed. The Sarasota Republican also says the "Sunshine Protection Act " could boost the economy as winter sunsets would be about 6:30 p.m., not 5:30. Plus, most people working early shifts would still be asleep.
The earliest measure I've found on it, a 1937 poll from Gallup, found 51% in favor of Daylight Saving time, 37% said they were not in favor of it, 13% had no opinion. To observe it permanently would require a change in federal laws.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 35 percent of US drivers sleep less than the recommended minimum of seven hours daily.
But if Florida gets its way, the state will stay on daylight saving time ... forever. Others say that it influences people to spend more time out of the house, thus decreasing the need for artificial lighting as well as the likelihood of using home electric appliances. Beginning in 2006, all of in now observes Daylight Saving Time.More news: Marvel Studios head confirms 'Black Panther' will be getting a sequel. Duh
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"I like it because my grandson plays soccer and it's better to sit out and watch the soccer game when it's still light out", this woman said. "Indiana was on standard time year-round, but companies hated the confusion and lost business because of it. Companies didnt want to locate to Indiana".
As I've gotten older, I value my sleep and, while I don't like the thought of losing an hour of it when we "spring forward" this weekend to start Daylight Saving Time, I do like the thought of having daylight longer into the evening.
Here's your reminder. Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend.
On Saturday, keep in mind to set clocks forward (thus losing that precious hour) and be prepared to be exhausted for days, if not weeks. It was enforced during the First World War, in a bid to save money during wartime. As of now Hawaii and most of Arizona are the only states that have asked to be exempt from the Uniform Time Act of 1966.
A number of the arguments against a time change in Florida and elsewhere come down to TV broadcast schedules: Sporting events on the West Coast will end so late!
According to the History Channel's website at www.history.com, American farmers did not push for daylight saving to have more time to work in the fields. The study examined energy use in IN, where most counties did not observe daylight saving time until 2006.
But it's more serious than that - Daylight Saving Time is literally killing us. That got the idea shelved until the unlikely event NY hops onboard.