State Representative Pete Lucido (R-36) introduced legislation (HB 4011) to place the entire State of Michigan under the Eastern Time Zone (EST), and do away with the Daylight Saving Time (DST). Currently, only two other states in the nation, Alaska and Hawaii, do not have DST. If passed, HB 4011 would direct Governor Snyder to petition the U.S. Department of Transportation to make these changes. The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) oversees the nation’s time zones and the uniform observance of Daylight Saving Time.
According to the USDOT website, the principal standard for deciding whether to change a time zone is the convenience of commerce, which is defined very broadly to include consideration of all of the impacts upon a community that would result in a change in its standard of time, including a question of where does the community receive TV and radio broadcasts from. The bill has been sitting in the House Commerce and Trade committee since January with no pending action.
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