ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s almost time to “spring forward.”
On Sunday, you’ll lose an hour of sleep, but you’ll get more hours of sunlight in the afternoon.
Some lawmakers want to lock this time in year-round. In fact, a bill about daylight savings time is sitting in congress.
Back in 2017, the Florida Legislature passed a bill to lock in daylight saving time. We’d spring forward, but never fall back.
However, Congress oversees time and since 1966 we have gotten an extra hour in the fall and lost it in the spring.
Daylight saving time was supposed to save energy and money, but it doesn’t.
Sen. Marco Rubio tried to end the charade in 2018, and is still backing the bill today.
“It makes no sense. It’s time to go permanent daylight savings and end this once and for all,” Rubio said.
Rubio’s plan to keep daylight saving time is not controversial, it’s bipartisan. Even President Donald Trump is backing it. It’s just not a priority.
"Congress loves to govern crisis to crisis, and this is not a crisis. It is difficult for a bill like this to get time in Congress," said Dr. John Hanley, a political science professor at University of Central Florida.
Research into changing the clocks shows it fails to deliver any economic benefit and has negative health benefits.
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