There’s a Push in Augusta to Move Maine To a Different Time Zone
A bill is moving to committee in Augusta that would make Maine no longer a part of the Eastern time zone. According to the Sun Journal, Maine Republican Representative Kathleen Dillingham of Oxford is sponsoring a bill that would move our clocks ahead one hour by placing Maine in the Atlantic Time Zone.
Since Maine is the most eastern state in the country, being in the eastern time zone means the sun set for us in 2016 in Portland as early as 4:04PM, and even earlier in other parts of the state. South Bend, Indiana is also in the Eastern Time zone, and the earliest the sun set there in 2016 was 5:14PM. The move to the Atlantic Time zone would move us ahead an hour so that it gets darker later.
There's still a lot to do to make this happen, including putting it vote to the people of Maine and getting approval from Congress or the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Think about how strange it would be to go to North Conway to do some shopping and have the clock go back an hour when you cross the border. Or travel to Boston and have it do the same.
The other option to reach the same goal is to not participate in daylight saving time. That would require no federal approval. Currently the only two states who don't participate are Arizona and Hawaii.
There's a Facebook page in support of the move called Atlantic Time Zone For Me that you can join if you are all for the move. It lists more reasons for Atlantic time, including energy savings, happier Mainers and fewer traffic accidents.
Do you think Maine should switch to the Atlantic time zone? Should we not participate in daylight saving time? Do you think we should keep things just as they are? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.