Florida on verge of becoming first state to observe daylight saving

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I'm one of them, but I also don't mind gaining an hour in the fall.

The only power states have now is to opt out of daylight saving time, putting them on standard time permanently, such as what is practiced by Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

We set out to understand these possible effects by examining how people were using their internet access on the day following the time change. NASA claims it was invented by Benjamin Franklin as a way to make best use of daylight hours. Or, changing it so it stays all year round.

1986-2006 - Daylight Saving Time begins on the first Sunday in April and ends on the last Sunday in October.

Whether or not to observe daylight saving time is purely a state matter, so how a state determines that - through law, resolution, or executive order - is up to them.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the man received a message on his computer telling him to buy the gift cards at local stores and to send them to an address; in return, the message said, the man would receive money. With this we move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening and sunrise and sunset occur one hour later. The New England proposal hopes to relieve ME from its darkest winter days.

This week, Florida lawmakers voted to make Daylight Saving Time year round.

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Lawmakers in Florida are exhausted of the whole "fall back" and "spring forward" rigamarole. Is this all really necessary? In the spring, we "spring ahead" an hour and lose one hour of sleep.

Opponents say it makes spring and summer mornings darker, which makes us less productive at work most of the year.

Even an hour of sleep loss can throw off your whole body's natural clock, resulting in increased risk of severe or life-threatening health afflictions. It's especially depressing as fall turns into winter.

And while doing away with it may never happen (most people recently surveyed think DST is worth all the hassle), there are measures you can take to ensure the shift is a healthy one for you and your loved ones. And numerous commonly offered rationales for daylight saving time (yes, it's "saving", not "savings") no longer hold true.

This week, an overwhelming, bipartisan majority of the state's legislators voted in favor of the well-named Sunshine Protection Act. It passed 103-11 in the House. The governor still needs to sign the bill and it appears Congress may also have to be involved before it becomes law. He pointed out that the Navajo Nation switches to daylight saving time every spring.

The U.S. has the longest period of daylight saving time - almost eight months per year, and in 2007 it was nearly extended to nine. (Our internal clock is actually a little longer than 24 hours, but gets naturally re-synchronized by environmental cues.) Exposure to light or darkness generally causes our bodies to produce hormones, particularly melatonin, that tell us when we should be alert or asleep - though artificial lighting can wreak some havoc on that system.

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