Rumor: Daylight saving time to be year-round

A legislator in Colorado and another in Florida want to "stop this madness" of readjusting clocks.

UPDATE: Look for 4:30 p.m. winter sunsets to continue, as both proposals died.  Here is how it went down in Florida. In Colorado, lawmaker Greg Brophy complained that voters should have been allowed to decide whether to make the big switch —not the legislative committee that killed the idea on a party-line vote of 3-2, with Democrats against it. "They killed it as sure as Osama bin Laden was killed," Brophy lamented, according to Denver Post, an allusion to what happened in the film "Zero Dark Thirty."

 

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UNCONFIRMED: Proposals in Florida and Colorado would make daylight saving time year-round, but don't hold your breath.

If Colorado lawmaker Greg Brophy and Florida state Sen. Darren Soto have their way, their states will "stop this madness of twice a year readjusting our clocks," as Brophy puts it. They'll remain on daylight saving time all year long, and follow Hawaii and most of Arizona in never again changing their clocks.

Just think of it — no more winter sunsets at 4:30 p.m. 

"Wouldn't it be nice if sunset was 5:30 instead of 4:30? @DavidBrophy02 and I would still be playing football. Intro bill for year-round DST," tweeted Brophy (@SenatorBrophy) in the dark wintry days of December, mentioning football with his son. It set off lots of reaction to the surprise of the Republican from Wray.

"People are really not happy" with time changes, Brophy later said while introducing his bill (see PDF) in a committee (video here), during which he calmly noted "how much I despise changing the clocks twice a year."

Early winter sunsets similarly frustrate Soto, a Democrat who hails from the sun-washed city of Orlando. His Sunshine Protection Act is a brief bill that mainly argues simple points such as "Florida's sunshine is an essential economic asset and part of this state's quality of life," and "additional sunshine would have a positive economic impact on numerous businesses."

Chances of passing?

Soto's intention is to start a conversation, and he has little hope his act will pass, the Tampa Bay Times reports. But last we checked, it remains alive.

That's better than the stalled bill of Brophy's, despite his noble arguments about what happens with the spring time shift — a Swedish study found a 5 percent increase in heart attacks on the three weekdays after the time shift, and accidents rise. His Senate Bill 64 — his second stab at this issue in recent years — has been postponed indefinitely.

Full coverage of daylight saving time and its effects

 

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