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The Congress, to decide, Florida, the summer time act
Congressional leaders will decide whether or not the “Sunshine State” has the summer-time, year-round, after Governor Scott signs bill into law.
TAMPA – The Sunshine State is a step closer to say goodbye to a little brighter every evening after passing a bill, the year-round the summer time, in order to boost the economy and tourism.
After weeks of debate about guns, schools, and households, during the legislative session, the Florida house and Senate members voted on what they agreed: the light of day.
H. B. 1013, also known as the “sunshine protection act” adopted in would throughout the year to improve the summer time in the economy, public safety and mental health of Florida’s residents and visitors.
Governor Scott under the bill signed into law last week, and sent to the Congress for final approval.
Gov. Rick Scott gave his stamp of approval Friday, sending the bill to Congress for final approval.
“If you talk to people in the tourism world, they will tell you they would much rather have daylight later, because people after work would be able to go shopping, to go to the beach, do things you want to do,” said State Sen. Greg Steube, R-Bradenton, the sponsor of the Senate version of the bill.
The bill drew wide attention and public support, but it is not a done deal yet. The Problems?
Florida State senior Greg Steube sponsored the bill in the Florida Senate. “When we do the story of why as a country (summer time), it makes no sense in today’s world.”
Florida would secede from the national timetable, and to do that requires an act of consent of the Congress.
The Federal government controls the nation’s time zones, as well as the start and end dates of summer time. States can choose to exempt themselves from the summer time, take you, Arizona and Hawaii, for example, but nothing in the Federal law allows you to exempt themselves from Standard time.
Because of this, even with Scott’s signature on the bill, the Congress would still exempt the state of Florida from the law.
Steube says he is not worried, because the bill is partisan.
“If there is no real reason why we are not doing so great as the change in our clocks back and forth every year, twice a year, then I know why we can’t change it,” he said.
If the Federal government approved Florida-residents time-Zone move in the Atlantis, for part of the year, the alignment of the cities from Jacksonville to Miami with Nova Scotia, rather than New York and Washington, DC
State Rep. Julio Gonzalez against the House version of the bill and says it would confuse out-of-state travelers in the direction of Florida, and businesses in dealing with the state
But some say that the move would do more harm than good – it will confuse US and foreign travelers in the direction of Florida, and businesses in dealing with the state.
“I think it would be distracting, that it could potentially lead to confusion, especially between the interstate companies,” said state Rep. Julio Gonzalez, R-Venice, who is against the bill in the house.
Scott announced last week that Florida to visit another tourism record, welcoming the highest number of tourists in the history of the state with 116.5 million people in the year 2017.
City of Miami mayor Franz Suarez is in favor of the bill and says it is great to come home from work and have a little bit of days to enjoy the light at the end of the day.
City of Miami mayor Francis Suarez says that 40 million of them come to Miami.
“All we can do, whether it is mainly the material, or minor, is more for the increase in these numbers is something that I would said to be in favor of, obviously,” he said. “Our tourists come here to enjoy our beaches you come here to go on cruises, you have come here to do outdoor activities as the weather, so I think that more daylight will allow you to do more, the activities you want to do that anyway.”
Gonzalez says Florida doesn’t need the boost in tourism, added: “we have achieved all these wonderful improvements in our tourism numbers without the adjustment of our watch!”
The idea that the summer time is throughout the year a new. President Nixon tried to help the amendment in 1974, to alleviate an energy crisis, but the consequences were immediate and deadly.
In less than a month, eight children in traffic accidents in Florida and six deaths attributed to died were go directly to the children to school in the dark.
“If it is a big problem, independent school districts to move the date to when you start school, make sure our children are getting to school safely,” Steube said.
Florida is not the only state considering the change. Twenty-six other States, summer, want to take time throughout the year, including New York and Massachusetts, but Florida would be the first and only state exempt from the Standard Time.
“I honestly believe that more States will do it, if Florida plays a leading role,” Steube said.
Florida sen. Marco Rubio has announced his support for the law and regulations introduced, the standardization of summer time for the whole year and try to make the change nationwide.
“If we do it in a national way…then I think my analysis would be different,” Gonzalez said. “I’m a bit curious to see me, which way he would go…I have no idea which way the Congress will go with this.”
Lawmakers in the Sunshine State say if the Congress approved the exemption, the time would change “as soon as possible.”
Allie Raffa is a multimedia reporter for Fox News based in Tampa.