Friday, April 29, 2005

Indiana on DST in 06

Well they finally did it. Indiana to be on DST in 06. IMO the really good thing about it is, the requirement to petition the Fed's about the Time Zone. Indiana has no business being in the Eastern Time Zone. It should be in the Central zone. So next year we will be effectively on Double Daylight Saving time. EDDST!! Here is a blurb from the South Bend Tribune that I thought was very good.

South Bend Tribune April 29, 2005

Time after time
The General Assembly's preoccupation with daylight-saving time this year is nothing new. According to "The Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly, 1816-1978," notable legislative actions occurred in 1949, 1957, 1961, 1969 and 1971.

Lawmakers nearly came to blows before outlawing daylight time in 1949, but only after "the first full-dress filibuster in state legislative history. "They allowed it again in 1957, but only under the rubric of Central Standard Time for the entire state. But they repealed that law in 1961, leaving every county or region to its own standard.

Addressing similar situations across the country, Congress mandated daylight-saving time with the Uniform Time Act of 1966, but allowed states to exempt themselves. Hoosier lawmakers exercised that option in 1969, but could not override Gov. Edgar Whitcomb's veto until 1971.

The override, effective 1972, created Indiana's current patchwork system of three effective time zones:Central Standard Time in five northwest and southwest counties. Eastern Standard Time everywhere else. But informal observance of Eastern Daylight Time in five counties proximate to Cincinnati and Louisville, Ky. -- Martin DeAgostino


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