Four New England states, including Maine, are considering a move to the Atlantic time zone.
State representatives in New Hampshire and Maine have already approved the change, which would be contingent in each case on Massachusetts doing the same. That state’s legislature has appointed a commission to study the matter.
In Maine, where a time zone bill cleared the senate this week, the change would also be contingent on the results of a statewide referendum.
There’s also a bill in Rhode Island, which, again, depends on Massachusetts doing the same. This isn’t going to affect me greatly, except for one proviso common to all three current proposals: they’re ditching Daylight Saving Time. Rhode Island House minority whip Blake Filippi (R-Block Island) said that people in his state are tired of seeing darkness at 4:20 p.m. on December afternoons.
I am, of course, enthusiastic about any prospects to undo DST, however far away.