Florida Votes To ‘Spring Forward’ And Leave Eastern Time Zone

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By Chris Spears

DENVER (CBS4) – Should we end Daylight Saving Time or keep it all year long?

Those are two questions raised about this time every year.

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The most obvious solution is to stay on standard time year-round like Hawaii and most of Arizona. Federal law allows states to make that decision.

But lawmakers in Florida recently voted to stay on Daylight Saving Time year-round, meaning they’d essentially join Atlantic Standard Time, the same time zone as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The problem with this decision is that time zones can only be changed with approval from the federal government.

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So what do you think?

Either way most of us will have to move our clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night as Daylight Saving Time begins.

Don’t forget to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors while setting the clocks in your home.

Meteorologist Chris Spears travels weekly in the CBS4 Mobile Weather Lab reporting about Colorado’s weather and climate. Check out his bio, connect with him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @ChrisCBS4.

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