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Daylight saving time bill needs Congress approval

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TALLAHASSEE, FL (WWSB) - Florida may be on the verge of becoming the first state to observe daylight saving time all year long. The bill is headed to Governor Rick Scott's desk, but it's still far from a done deal.

Even if Governor Scott signs the daylight saving time bill, Congress will also have to give its stamp of approval.

If all goes through, Floridians will turn their clocks ahead one hour this Sunday and never have to change it again.

Inside the Clock Gallery on Bee Ridge Road, spending the entire year in daylight saving hours could change things.

"We don't actually change the clocks in here ourselves," manager Barbara Phillips says. "We only change a couple, but we have customers that come in here and we change clocks for them. I do watches for them, certain clocks, that kind of thing."

Springing ahead and falling back bring a lot of business to Phillips and her team. It's business that they could lose if the bill passes.

"You'd be surprised how many people damage their clock during the time change," Phillips explains.

Which may be exactly the reason why Phillips hears most customers grumble about having to change the clocks.

"I have a lot of people that come in saying I don't know why we have to do this all of the time," she says.

But for other businesses like Robinhood Rentals on Siesta Key, an extra hour of daylight could mean an extra hour of bike and scooter rentals.

"Places close around 8 or 7 due to the light," employee Patrick Diaz explains. "If the light was out longer, if it was light until 8-9, people would stay out and businesses would stay open."

That's the goal for lawmakers.

If this bill is approved, Florida will join two other states that have opted out of time changes: Hawaii and Arizona.