Tired Of Setting Your Clock Forward In Spring? Lawmakers Consider Keeping Daylight Saving Time Year-Round

CBS4's Hank Tester reports on lawmakers considering keeping daylight saving time year-round.

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- It's that time of year some people may dread losing an hour of sleep. Yep, it's time to spring forward Sunday morning, but we're gaining a lot of sunshine in our evening hours. Now a move is on to make daylight saving time permanent. CBS 4's Hank Tester reports.

HANK TESTER: How about daylight savings year round in the Sunshine State? No more wintertime dark at 4:30, golf after work, a jog in the daylight. The moves on again to give Florida a year-round daylight savings.

SCOTT YATES: And all the other states, including Florida, would be in what we think of as the summertime-- that would become the new time, and no more changing the clock twice a year.

HANK TESTER: Scott Yates is a crusader, taking his "Lock the Clock" campaign to state capitals across the nation, and has a potent ally in Florida's Marco Rubio. This from a Rubio tweet featuring Scott Yates.

SCOTT YATES: And there are a lot of people that really think that locking it in permanent daylight saving time is really the best option. There's no republican, there's no democrat version of this. We have very blue states, we have very red states, we have people all over the spectrum that have been working to try to make this happen.

HANK TESTER: 2018, Florida passed legislation to keep daylight savings time year-round. But a federal statute is required for the state to enact the change. Senator Marco Rubio introduced congressional legislation.

SCOTT YATES: He had a bill three years ago, and that didn't go anywhere. He had a bill two years ago and last year in the last session, and that got huge support-- got lots of great co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.

HANK TESTER: But a gridlock US Senate and a reluctant committee chairman rejected the measure. But hope runs eternal, and Rubio is back this week issuing this statement-- "The call to end the antiquated practice of clock changing is gaining momentum throughout the nation. Studies have shown many benefits of a year-round daylight savings time, which is why the Florida legislature voted to make it permanent in 2018. I'm proud to reintroduce this bipartisan bill to make daylight savings permanent."

Proponents cite economic and health reasons for making daylight savings permanent, the claim that an hour of lost sleep impacts individuals for days, groggy, moody.

SCOTT YATES: The change of the clock is deadly, and the research about locking the clock is just overwhelming. It's a little depressing, but when you look at the science, heart attacks go up, strokes go up, workplace accidents, traffic accidents, the list goes on and on.

HANK TESTER: Not everybody is in on this. Educators, parents concerned about their kids going to school in the dark during the wintertime. I'm Hank Tester, CBS 4 News.