The U.S. Congress would have the final say.

The Florida House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a proposal aimed at observing daylight saving time year-round in the state. House members voted 103-11 to support the measure (HB 1013), filed by Rep. Jeanette Nunez, R-Miami, and Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers.

Fitzenhagen said moving to daylight saving time could help the tourism industry, as people would be able to stay out later in the sunlight. A similar bill (SB 858, sponsored by Sarasota Sen. Greg Steube) also is moving through the Senate. If approved by the Legislature, the proposal to shift to year-round daylight saving time would depend on congressional approval. Daylight saving time will start March 11 this year and end Nov. 4.

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