Bill would eliminate daylight saving time in Florida

Florida Senator Greg Steube has presented a bill that would put an end to daylight saving time in Florida. 

An opposite measure, the Sunshine Protection Act, was proposed by U.S. Representative Darren Soto last year. Soto's proposal was to adopt daylight saving time as Florida's year-round time, but it died in committee. 

Steube's act, SB 858 would eliminate the ritual of springing forward at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and falling back at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November. 

Instead, Florida's time would remain the same, similarly to Arizona, Hawaii, and U.S. overseas territories American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

If Steube's bill clears the Legislature, Governor Rick Scott would only need to sign it to make it the law of the sunshine state. It would take effect January 2, 2019.