MMP: Daylight Saving ... Massachusetts Wants To Get Rid Of It ...Sort Of.

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Daylight Saving... no one knows why we still have it.. and now Massachusetts is trying to REALLY get rid it.

Massachusetts could benefit by shifting from the Eastern to the Atlantic Time Zone, but only if other New England states follow suit, according to a draft report issued yesterday by a special study commission. The 11-member panel, created by the Legislature last year, spent months examining the pros and cons of effectively establishing Daylight Savings Time year-round, which would eliminate the practice of setting clocks forward and back twice every year.

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State Sen. Eileen Donoghue, a Lowell Democrat who chaired the commission, conceded that a time shift isn’t likely anytime soon, but was optimistic about the longer term prospects. She asked members to submit comments on the draft, with a final vote slated for early November. The report will then be submitted to the Legislature. Benefits of year-round daylight savings time could include energy savings, a boost for retail stores and less seasonal depression, proponents suggest. The preliminary report acknowledges potential downsides as well. For example, if sunset is a later hour, sunrise would be an earlier hour, posing dangers for children walking to school or waiting for buses in the dark.