3 things to know about daylight saving time this year

1) It’s still happening.

 Daylight saving time will still take place in Florida Sunday, Nov. 4.

That’s despite a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in March called the “Sunshine Protection Act.”

Scott said he signed the legislation because an extra hour of sunlight in the winter would be good for Florida tourism.

The measure would leave Floridians in Eastern Time half the year and Central Time the other half.

2) It needs a green light from Washington D.C. first.

 Florida doesn’t have the authority to adopt daylight saving time year-round. The federal government controls U.S. time zones, as well as the start and end dates of daylight saving time. States can choose to exempt themselves from daylight saving time but nothing in federal law allows them to exempt themselves from standard time.

 3) Nothing may happen next year either.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) introduced bills to the U.S. Senate after Florida’s bill passed but Congress has yet to make a move.

Both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate will return to session later this month, but if none of the bills get passed and signed into law by the end of this year, they will have to be reintroduced in 2019.