Year-round daylight saving law raises safety concerns

The Sunshine State is one step closer to being a little brighter every evening after passing a bill to enact year-round daylight saving time to boost the economy and tourism.

After weeks of debate over guns, schools and budgets during the legislative session, Florida’s House and Senate members voted on something they could agree on: daylight.

H.B. 1013, also known as the “Sunshine Protection Act,” would enact year-round daylight-saving time to improve the economy, public safety and mental health of Florida’s residents and visitors.

If approved by the federal government, Florida’s residents will move into the Atlantic Time Zone for part of the year, aligning cities from Jacksonville to Miami with Nova Scotia rather than New York and Washington, D.C.

But some say the move would cause more harm than good – it would confuse U.S. and foreign travelers heading to Florida and businesses dealing with the state.  There is also concern about the safety of children who would be going to school in darkness.