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Permanent Daylight Saving Time? Florida Says Yes, but It's Not So Simple

No fair: Florida is trying to opt out of Daylight Saving Time clock changes

Daylight saving time was first enacted during World War 1 on March 19, 1918 as way to conserve coal, according to USA Today, though it was halted later that year. It will end at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.

Florida's Senate voted 32-2 to extend Daylight Saving Time (DST) year round, following a similar vote to extend by the Florida House, 103-11, on February 14, CNN reported. Because of its relative proximity to the equator, daylight savings time offers no essential advantage to the state, which is on Hawaii-Aleutian time.

Daylight saving time is a scam. Studies have indicated that losing that extra hour of sleep can raise the risk of everything from heart attacks to vehicle accidents, especially on the Monday following the time change.

"Spring forward and fall back" is an easy way to remember how to set the clock when daylight saving times begins and ends.

Of course, not everyone in the US recognizes this twice-annual ritual: Daylight saving time is not observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or most of Arizona.

But changing time zones could have an economic cost, too, especially in a region like the Northeast, where millions of people commute across state lines.

Senate Greg Steube, a sponsor of the bill, said he overhead his constituents complaining about DST. Daylight saving time starts this weekend.

The clock-moving has also been shown to correlate with negative health effects, as strokes and heart attacks increase in the days following the clock change.

"We have a circadian rhythm [that] is coinciding with the time we eat", he explained. American territories like Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa don't engage in DST either. Thus, a new Florida state law wouldn't be enough.

It is ludicrous to think that daylight saving time makes an extra hour of natural light available to anyone.