TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is signing off on a measure that would let Florida stay on daylight saving time all year long.
Scott on Friday signed 74 bills into law, including the "Sunshine Protection Act." The measure won't take effect unless Congress also changes federal law.
But if Congress were to go along, Floridians would no longer set back their clock an hour each November. That would translate into later sunrises and sunsets from November to March.
Keeping Daylight Saving Time year-round is the same thing as if they dropped Daylight Saving Time, but slid ahead from Eastern Time into the Atlantic Time Zone - an idea Massachusetts and Maine have been debating.
The Republican governor in a statement said he supported the move because it would help the state's tourism industry. He said it would allow residents and visitors to "enjoy everything our beautiful state has to offer later in the day."
The Florida PTA had asked for a veto because more children would go to school in the morning in the dark.
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