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Time zone debate continues on 'spring forward' weekend

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Eight years after Indiana decided to start observing Daylight Saving Time, not everyone has adjusted. 

We all "spring forward" this weekend, setting our clocks ahead one hour when we go to bed Saturday night.  We lose an hour of sleep, but gain an hour of sunlight after dinner.

Every spring under the administration of former governor Mitch Daniels Indiana has switched from Eastern Standard to Eastern Daylight time, and back again in the fall.

 

Those in favor of the Daylight Saving switch say it's good for business.

Those against say it's bad for kids at the bus stop.

With a new governor in office, it is that group now hoping to convince lawmakers to change yet again. Sue Dillon leads the Central Time Coalition and is fighting our current time table.

 

Dillon feels Indiana's use of Eastern Time is "wrong for Hoosiers."  Part of her argument to go to Central Time centers on schools and student learning, "Kids can't be productive when they're body is telling them they still need to be asleep."

 

Those against the use of Eastern Daylight Saving Time say springing forward this weekend means students will have more time in the dark, making it dangerous at the bus stops and walking to school.

Boosting the commercial argument for Eastern Time is the fact that 84-percent of Indiana's export dollars go to nations that observe Daylight Saving time.  That extra hour of daylight means a 3-to-4-percent reduction in energy use.

And crime is reduced an estimated ten-percent.

Daniels campaigned on making the change away from Indiana's long-standing practice of staying on Eastern Standard Time year-round.  Daniels argued that the change would be better for business, since 47 other states recognize Daylight Saving Time.

Business leaders agreed.

Although some lawmakers are stirring the debate to consider Central Daylight time, new Governor Mike Pence's office issued a statement supporting his predecessor:

"Mike Pence respects the view on both sides of the debate, but he believes we need to maintain the current policy and focus our efforts on creating jobs for Hoosiers."

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