Florida Senate OKs bill for year-round Daylight Saving Time

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is one step closer to living up to its nickname as "The Sunshine State."

A bill to let Florida remain on Daylight Saving Time year-round is headed to Gov. Rick Scott's desk, after the state Senate approved it 33-2 on Tuesday.

If Scott signs the "Sunshine Protection Act," Congress would need to amend existing federal law to allow the change. The governor has not given any indication of whether he'll sign it.

While the rest of the East would set their clocks back in the fall, Florida wouldn't, leaving it with more sunshine in the evening during the winter. Northwest Florida is in the Central time zone; Central and South Florida is on Eastern time.

Hawaii, most of Arizona, and a handful of U.S. territories do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

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