Orlando lawmaker wants daylight saving time year round
By Kimberly Wiggins, Reporter -
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Forget falling back! An Orlando lawmaker wants to make daylight saving time permanent.
State Senator Darren Soto, D, filed SB 734, aka the "Sunshine Protection Act," last week. Senator Soto said the idea is to help businesses like Family Fun Town.
"The main driving factor, ultimately, is I think Florida could benefit economically from having another hour of sunshine at night," said Sen. Soto. "That would be another hour that people can go to rides at the parks, go to restaurants, and other things."
Family Fun Town General Manager Jose Rodriguez agreed with the idea.
"I think it would benefit us a little bit because the people would get to play with daylight outside a little bit longer," said Rodgriguez. "We don't get too many tourists coming to our area, but even with the locals, it would help with that, too."
The bill states, "Florida would observe daylight saving time year-round; authorizing each district school board to adjust school start times due to the year-round observance of daylight saving time; authorizing the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to study adjustments in standard agricultural practices."
The problem is not everyone is on board.
"At night, the kids should be ready for bed at a reasonable time," said local mom Jaime Gensler. "But if it's daylight until 8:30 or 9 at night then they're going to think it's still time to play instead of getting ready for bed."
"We're the ones that live here," local father Spencer Ramo. "They're the ones visiting, so we matter more."
Senator Soto said he doesn't expect the bill to pass. He said he merely wanted to start the conversation.
If the bill does pass, it would take effect in January 2014.
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