Panel sees benefits to Massachusetts changing time zones

The commission will vote on a final version of the report in early November

BOSTON (AP) — A draft report says Massachusetts could benefit from a shift to the Atlantic Time Zone, but only if other New England states followed suit.

The report was released at the Statehouse on Wednesday by a special commission that has spent months studying the pros and cons of such a change. Moving from the Eastern to Atlantic time would effectively make Daylight Savings Time permanent, eliminating the practice of setting clocks forward and back twice a year.

The draft recommends Massachusetts never consider changing time zones unless most or all of its neighbors are doing the same.

It also recommends a later start time for schools so young children won’t be going to school in the dark.

The commission will vote on a final version of the report in early November.

 

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