Indiana Succumbs to Daylight Savings Time
All of Indiana is just a stroke of a pen away from uniformly moving clocks forward an hour next year. Last night, state lawmakers narrowly approved a bill mandating the time change. The state’s governor ran on the issue and is likely to sign it.
Most of the state’s 92 counties don’t change their clocks. And businesses and lobbyists say the current system causes mix-ups over airline flights, delivery times and conference calls.
Supporters are calling the vote historic and one that shows the world Indiana is “willing to step into the 21st century.”
States not adjusting to Daylight Savings Time are an odd curiosity, although the rationale for Indiana made some sense given its straddling of time zones and proximity to major urban centers in surrounding states. See “What Time is it in Indiana?” for extensive background.
The nagging question, of course, is why we still play the Daylight Savings Time game at all. I’ve long been an advocate of making Daylight Savings time the norm and not switching back. I’d much rather it be dark in the morning and recoup it in the evening, regardless of the time of year.