Mass. lawmakers to study a possible time zone change

Governor Baker believes the time zones are fine the way they are now

Dave LeMote wipes down a post clock at Electric Time Company, Inc. in Medfield, Mass., Friday, March 7, 2014. Most Americans will set their clocks 60 minutes forward before heading to bed Saturday night, but daylight saving time officially starts Sunday at 2 a.m. local time (0700GMT). (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON (WWLP) – This fall, state lawmakers will explore whether Massachusetts should switch time zones, from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time.

Switching to the Atlantic Standard Time would be the same as having Daylight Saving Time all year round. The goal is to have more sunlight at the end of the day during the fall and winter.

Tucked into an economic development bill that Governor Charlie Baker signed into law this week is a provision that allows the state to establish a commission to study the possible time zone change.

Massachusetts residents are already on Atlantic Standard Time for most of the year, from March to November. Making the switch will allow farmers to utilize more of the day, and prevent kids from walking to school in the dark.

Governor Baker told 22News he believes the time zones are fine the way they are now; “I especially worry that if we head too far down this road, we can end up creating a lot of problems for ourselves in respect to all sorts of issues around work schedules, commuting schedules and a whole bunch of other things.”

The commission will look into the possible time zone change this fall with plans to release their final recommendations in March.

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