[Ietf-calsify] Lawmakers pass bill switching Indiana to DST
tantek at technorati.com
Sun Apr 17 02:05:17 PDT 2005
With all this discussion of the problems that DST presents to
calendaring apps and formats, I figured this article was of relevance
to the group.
I wonder how many CUAs will now break in Indiana. And I had no idea
how bad it was either:
"77 counties in the Eastern time zone do not change clocks while five
others do. The state also has 10 counties in the Central time zone that
do observe daylight savings time."
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Lawmakers Pass Bill Over Indiana Time
Sat Apr 16, 2:56 PM ET
By MIKE SMITH, Associated Press Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana, one of the nation's last holdouts for
observing daylight-saving time, may be on the brink of changing its
For the first time in more than two decades, the Indiana House has
passed a bill that would require the entire state to move its clocks
forward an hour in April and back an hour in October — just as 47 other
Knowing just what time it is on a trip through Indiana is no easy
task: 77 counties in the Eastern time zone do not change clocks while
five others do. The state also has 10 counties in the Central time zone
that do observe daylight savings time.
Gov. Mitch Daniels has made mending the split a top priority — saying
the time warp costs the state money and jobs. Businesses say it causes
mix-ups over airline flights, delivery times and conference calls.
"If it were just a matter of the rest of the world laughing at us, I'd
say let 'em laugh," Daniels said in his first State of the State speech
in January. "But the loss of Hoosier jobs and incomes is no laughing
matter, and any step that might help is worth trying."
Bill Blomquist, a political science professor at Indiana
University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, said Indiana's resistance
to changing its clocks is rooted in states' rights issues, beliefs that
humans should not alter time, and a sense of pride in doing things
"There is sort of this Hoosier exceptionalism that shows up in
daylight-saving time," he said.
A House-Senate committee will take up the bill Monday, but there are
still some roadblocks. Some residents still adamantly oppose the
proposed change, and lawmakers have to pick a time zone and determine
when to make the change — later this year or next April.
Darrell Bowden, of Westfield, a suburb north of Indianapolis, thinks
things are fine the way they are.
"I don't like changing my clocks twice a year," he said. "The way I
look at it, why doesn't the rest of the country get in step with us?"
Bowden is in the minority, according to a recent statewide poll by The
Indianapolis Star/WTHR. The poll found 56 percent favored
daylight-saving time, while 37 percent opposed it.
Mark Plank of Syracuse, in northeastern Indiana, used to work for an
office furniture supplier and said confusion over Indiana's time cost
the company customers.
But he has personal reasons for backing the change, too. Observing
daylight savings would give his kids an extra hour of sunlight to play
"and give me more time to do yard work in the evenings."
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