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Entire state of Florida could be changing to Eastern time zone

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By CANDICE ZAMORA, WEAR

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) - Lawmakers are pushing forward to move all of Florida to the Eastern time zone.

In the last few days, committees in Congress approved legislation to move the state to daylight saving time all year round.

The latest approval came Wednesday morning when committee members were told the time change would be good for the tourism industry.

Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Ft. Myers, had this to say at the committee meeting Wednesday:

"Committee members, this is the first great step to putting more sunshine in our lives in Florida. We are the Sunshine State. I think it's going to improve the health and wellness across the board. If you think it about it a moment, how many times have you gotten home from work in the wintertime and you would [love] to go throw the football, maybe drop a line in, or go out to dinner with your spouse? This will give people more quality time, the time when it's nicest in Florida."

If lawmakers and the governor come to an agreement, Congress and the U.S. Department of Transportation will have to approve the time change.

If you'd like to contact your representative about this legislation, you can do so by clicking HERE.

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