State Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) has filed a bill to abolish daylight saving time in Florida should it become law, according to NWFDailynews.com.
NWFDailyNews.com on Wednesday reported that Steube’s proposed legislation would exempt Florida from the practice of adjusting clocks statewide due to daylight saving time.
Floridians would subsequently not have to set their clocks an hour forward each spring and an hour backward each fall should the legislation get implemented.
“[I] heard from a number of people in my district that it has a negative impact, especially on school age children,” Steube said. “[I] thought it would be a worthy discussion to have.”
Florida would join Arizona and Hawaii as the only states that do not observe daylight saving time should Steube’s measure pass.
Daylight saving time was first created during World War I to limit fuel consumption during waking hours.
Legislation to eliminate the practice in Florida has been previously filed before Steube’s, but did not advance.
The Bradenton Herald on Tuesday reported that Steube filed his bill on Nov. 13, meaning if it passes and is signed by Florida’s governor it would take effect on Jan. 1, 2019.
WTVY on Tuesday reported that the bill’s changes would ensure sunrise and sunset times would happen an hour earlier during each year’s warmer months.
The legislation has been filed in advance of Florida’s 2018 legislative session, which starts in January.
The measure currently lacks a Florida House companion bill and has not yet been referred to any committees, suggesting its early prospects of passing less than favorable.
Conservationists argue that daylight saving time inspires heavier air conditioning use at day’s end in states with warmer climates like Florida.
Florida’s tourism industry, meanwhile, may oppose Steube’s bill on account of the sun setting an hour earlier during the current daylight saving time period in the state.
The change could potentially shorten the time people spend playing golf after work, beach-going late in the day or certain theme park activities.