Overnight tonight, Floridians will turn their clocks back one hour to comply with the end to daylight saving time. You will remember, in 2018, the Florida legislature passed a bill to end the practice of changing our clocks forward and back twice a year. The only states or territories of the United States that do not adhere to this practice are Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
So what happened?
Just because Florida is in favor of ending daylight saving time, the U.S. Congress must approve the change. Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott introduced the Sunshine Protection Act in March 2019, yet they have not taken it up.
There are health considerations to stopping the practice which would help extend the lives of Floridians. Which makes it that much more perplexing why we continue the daylight saving time ritual. Besides heart attacks, the practice also increases bouts with depression. Also, there is a proven track record of an increase in traffic accidents the week after we change our clocks one hour forward in the Spring.