States Consider Making Fifth Time Zone In Continental United States

October 30, 2017

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This Sunday morning we turn the clocks back one hour as Daylight Saving Time ends, two eastern states are strongly considering making a move to add a fifth time zone to the continental United States. Massachusetts and Maine are studying the possibility of moving from the Eastern Time zone to the Atlantic Time zone, currently home to Puerto Rico and a number of eastern Canadian provinces. The chance would mean an extra hour of daylight which is in short supply for Boston in the month of December, when the sun sets between 4:11 and 4:20pm. Advocates say that moving time one hour ahead of eastern time would do away with the time change associated with daylight savings, plus boost the economy, have public health benefits, and reduce crime. Although the time chance would be a tough sale as Massachusetts wouldn't be able to go it alone. While Maine is looking for voters to make the decision, it would only be valid if Massachusetts and New Hampshire (which has no plans to make any time change). The Sunshine Protection Act has been filed twice to end the bi-annual time changes in Florida but both times it has died in committee.

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SOURCE: Newser

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