Marco Rubio Wants to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent
It’s time for the annual clock change, so don’t forget to spring forward this Sunday. But if Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has his way, the biannual daylight saving time change may come to an end. He introduced legislation on Tuesday that would make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent across the country. The Sunshine Protection Act, which he introduced with Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL), would allow for more light at the end of the day and less in the morning. Rubio introduced similar legislation last year, but it didn’t advance in the Senate Commerce Committee. “Studies have shown many benefits of a year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is why Florida’s legislature overwhelmingly voted to make it permanent last year,” Rubio said. “Reflecting the will of the State of Florida, I’m proud to reintroduce this bill to also make Daylight Saving Time permanent nationally.” Rubio’s office said additional daylight at the end of the day could mean fewer car accidents involving pedestrians; lower risk of cardiac illnesses, stroke, and seasonal depression; fewer robberies; less child obesity and increased physical fitness; and reduced energy use. Daylight saving time has been around since World War I, originally lasting six months at a time. In 2005, Congress changed the law to begin DST the second Sunday in March and end the first Sunday in November, for a total of eight months. More here.