Why clocks will still fall back in Florida

Producer Amanda Johnson changes the time on station clocks at WEAR-TV.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR-TV) - Early Sunday morning, time will "fall back" one hour across most of the country, including Florida.

In March, Florida Legislature passed a bill that would keep the state in daylight saving time all year. Governor Rick Scott approved the new law, which went into effect in July. However, Floridians will still make the switch to Standard Time at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.

In order to change the time that Florida observes, the measure must first seek approval from U.S. Congress.

Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has introduced two bills to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. One bill known as the Sunshine Protection Act, would make daylight saving time permanent nationwide. The other bill, the Sunshine State Act, would exempt Florida from the Uniform Time Act of 1966 and allow the state to remain in daylight saving time year-round while the rest of the country falls back one hour in November.

The Committee has not yet discussed either of the bills.

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