Connecticut Legislators Push to Change to Atlantic Standard Time
Forget about changing the clocks in the fall and spring, Connecticut and other Northeast states could make the change and push clocks an hour ahead for good.
It's an idea whose 'time' has come and it's been something that has been talked about for a while. Connecticut Legislators are now getting serious about actually making Atlantic Standard Time a reality and it could happen within the next year or so.
Atlantic Standard Time, which is one hour ahead of where we are now, is observed by some 25 different countries including Canada, Greenland, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico.
The change would eliminate moving the clocks ahead in the spring and setting them back again in the fall, basically it would keep us on Daylight Savings Time for the entire year.
The initiative has been talked about by some State Reps for the last few years, but now it's starting to pick up some momentum since many people feel that switching the clocks back for just 4 short months is literally a waste of time.
According to newstimes.com, one of the Connecticut legislators who just jumped on board with this proposal is Senator Cathy Osten (D) who feels the time has come for a change.
I just think it’s a practical means to handle something that we don’t need anymore. Moving to Eastern time for just four months makes no sense, it doesn’t have any practical effect on the times of school or jobs or commerce. During those eight months, we’re already on Atlantic Standard Time.
There is one little catch to this actually becoming reality. Let's say the proposal passes in the State Legislature and Governor Ned Lamont were to sign it into law, nothing would happen or go into effect unless all the other states in the northeast like New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, where there are similar proposals in front of their state officials, did the same in their states.
So let's just say all the Northeast states get on the same page and pass this into law, it would still have to pass at the Federal level and we all know how long that could take, so don't set your clocks ahead just yet.
If you're interested in seeing the countries that already observe Atlantic Standard Time, check out the World Data website.