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Florida lawmakers introduced the Sunshine Protection Act to Congress this week. The legislation would make year-round Daylight Saving Time permanent across the country.

Florida is a step closer to living up to its nickname as "The Sunshine State."

Florida could stay brighter longer each fall and winter under a bill passed by the state House.

The House voted 103-11 to approve the bill to ask Congress to let Florida remain in Daylight Saving Time all year, meaning while the rest of the Eastern United States sets their clocks back in the fall, Florida wouldn’t.

Sunshine State Time? Florida Wants To Stop Changing Clocks

Feb 2, 2018
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Floridians would stop changing their clocks twice a year if some state legislators get their way.

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A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that proposes eliminating the observance of Daylight Saving Time.

Floridians would not have to set their clocks an hour forward each spring and an hour backward each fall if the bill passes.

AHCA Plans to Close Three Field Offices

Jan 24, 2015
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With Florida now enrolling most Medicaid beneficiaries in managed-care plans, the Agency for Health Care Administration plans to close three field offices this summer, Secretary Liz Dudek told lawmakers Thursday.

The agency last year closed field offices in Tallahassee and Ocala and plans additional closures of offices in West Palm Beach, Panama City and Alachua.

Imagine an extra hour of soccer practice. A longer day at the beach.  More sunshine to hustle tourists through Disney World.

That’s the goal of Sen. Darren Soto, a Democrat from Kissimmee. Soto filed his perennial bill Thursday to make Florida the only state to observe daylight saving time permanently.

“Can you imagine the marketing campaign of, ‘come down to Florida, now with an hour of more sunshine?’”

Soto’s failed to sell the idea before and he would be surprised if it passes this year. His goal is next year, after it gains steam.