Sen. Marco Rubio Seeks Permanent Daylight Savings Time

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Miami) introduced legislation, the Sunshine Protection Act, that would make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent across the country, according to a news release.


He also introduced the Sunshine State Act, which would give Florida approval to establish permanent DST within its boundaries. This is in response to the Florida legislature’s vote in support of staying on DST. Many studies have shown that making DST permanent could benefit the economy and the country.


“Last week, Florida’s legislature overwhelmingly voted for permanent Daylight Saving Time for the State of Florida,” Rubio said. “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 said the change would have benefits to the economy by eliminating the "substantial economic decline" that comes every November when clocks move back. The change would also reduce the number of robberies in the country by 27 percent and car crashes. 


He added that the change would reduce childhood obesity and have a positive impact on physical fitness. 


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