Bill to keep Florida on Daylight Saving Time all year moves forward

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - In the last two days, committees in the House and Senate at the State Capitol have approved legislation to move the state to Daylight Saving Time year-round and make the western panhandle part of the eastern time zone.

The latest approval came Wednesday morning when Sponsor Heather Fitzenhagen told committee members the change would be good for the tourism industry.

“Committee members, this is the first great step to putting more sunshine in our lives in Florida," Representative Heather Fitzenhagen out of Fort Myers said. "We are the sunshine state. I think its going to improve the health and wellness across the board. If you think it about it a moment, how many times have you gotten home from work in the wintertime and you would live to go throw the football, maybe drop a line in, or go out to dinner with your spouse. This will give people more quality time, the time when its nicest in Florida.”

If lawmakers and the Governor eventually agree, Congress and the U.S. Department of Transportation would still have to approve the change.