The Republican-controlled Florida legislature recently passed a bill that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent in the state.
More sunshine for the Sunshine State makes sense, any many Floridians are very happy, including U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R)
Rubio , who enjoys long weekends aboard his luxury fishing vessel (not really that luxurious considering that his “yacht” doesn’t have a bathroom), has introduced his Sunshine Protection ACT that would make Daylight Savings Time (DST) permanent all over the U.S.
“Last week, Florida’s legislature overwhelmingly voted for permanent Daylight Saving Time for the State of Florida,” said Rubio. “Reflecting the will of the Sunshine State, I proudly introduce these bills that would approve Florida’s will and, if made nationally, would also ensure Florida is not out of sync with the rest of the nation.”
Rubio stated that the benefits for longer days here:
- Benefits the economy, including the elimination of a substantial economic decline that comes every November when clocks move back, according to a study by JP Morgan Chase of major city regions, which found that there is a drop in economic activity of 2.2 percent – 4.9 percent when clocks move back.
- Benefits the agricultural economy, which is disproportionately disrupted by biannual changes in time by upsetting farm schedules and farmers’ relationships with their supply chain and distribution partners.
- Reduces the number of robberies by 27 percent, according to a 2015 Brookings Institution report, because of additional daylight in the evenings.
- Reduces car crashes and car wrecks involving pedestrians because the additional sunlight increased visibility, according to the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Safety Research.
- Reduces childhood obesity, according to studies published by the International Journal Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and the Journal of Physical Activity and Health which found that children have more hours of physical activity during DST.
- Increased physical fitness, according to the Journal of Environment Psychology, which found that Day Light Saving Time increased pedestrian activity by 62% and cyclists activity by 38% because of additional daylight.
- Positive impact on wildlife conservation, according to a collaboration of 16 experts who studied DST’s impact on wildlife across the United States, Europe and parts of Australia concluded that DST reduces the number of vehicle collisions with wildlife by 8 – 11 percent by shifting normal traffic patterns to an hour off from nocturnal wildlife’s behavior.
He forgot to mention that early bird dinner hours could be extended a tad bit, and some outdoor activities like football games could also be moved up from a later start time.
It goes without saying that Rubio will be able to spend longer hours fishing the Florida Keys.