Now we have fake time: Daylight Savings time

Florida lawmakers have passed a bill keeping year-round daylight saving time.

It took the state Senate less than a minute Tuesday to pass the "Sunshine Protection Act".

Enough with the "fall back, spring ahead". There were only two dissenters.

Next step for the proposed legislation: Gov. Rick Scott. If Scott does sign the bill, Congress would have to approve the change.

DST now begins on the second Sunday of March and ends the first Sunday in November. Currently, Hawaii and Arizona are two places exempt from the Uniform Time Act of 1966. The Act established the system of uniform Daylight Saving Time throughout the US.

Efforts to kill off daylight saving time are almost as old as the time shift itself.

People are less happy overall the week after Daylight Savings kicks in, research shows. The United States adopted the practice of extending the clock in the Spring in 1918 in order to give citizens more sunlit hours during productive times of our day.

The website standardtime.com explains some of the history of Daylight Saving Time, saying that it began in the United States during World War I, primarily to save fuel by reducing the need to use artificial lighting.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 changed when we switch the clocks.

  • Jon Douglas