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Tampa lawmaker pushing for year-round daylight saving time

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If approved, the Sunshine Protection Act would make daylight saving time last all year in Florida. If approved, the Sunshine Protection Act would make daylight saving time last all year in Florida.
If approved, the Sunshine Protection Act would make daylight saving time last all year in Florida. If approved, the Sunshine Protection Act would make daylight saving time last all year in Florida.
SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Twice a year, you have to go through the same routine- you fiddle with the clocks all over your house to adjust them for daylight saving time.

But there is a payoff in the spring, you have more sunshine to enjoy in the evening. So, how about just making it permanent?

That's what a Florida lawmaker wants to do.

"The Sunshine Protection act is basically going to give us daylight saving time all year long," said State Rep. Mark Danish (D-Tampa), who is sponsoring the bill.

Danish says the change would boost Florida tourism. More daylight means more time to shop, eat and spend money.

"We are the Sunshine state, so this gives us an opportunity to put people on Florida time,” said Danish.

So far, Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that do not observe daylight saving time. A recent Rasmussen survey said only 37 percent of the country thinks the time change is worth the hassle.

Multiple studies have been done on the topic. The Department of Energy says the time change saves .5 percent of the country's electricity each day. According to Scientific American, that can power 100,000 homes for a year.

Another scientific study found daylight saving time led to an 11 percent drop in car crashes involving pedestrians. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found in the first few days of daylight saving time, there's a spike in heart attacks.

One business owner we talked to says there are pros and cons with the idea of making daylight saving time permanent. In early March, millions of Americans sacrifice an hour of sleep to get nearly eight month's worth of longer afternoons.

And, for George Romano, that means cash. Romano runs Enticer Water Sports in Sarasota. When daylight saving time kicks in, that means more time for people to check out his wave runners and sailboats.

"At 2 or 3 o clock, they're getting off the beach from doing their sunbathing, they want to get on the water so you still have a lot of daylight left," said Romano.

Romano believes a permanent daylight saving time would be great for tourism, but it wouldn't impact his business that much. That's because regardless of what the clock says, it still gets cold in the winter.

Romano said, "Water is cold, air is cold, they're not getting on the water, they're not jumping to get on the water."

If it passes, the law would take effect this year.

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