Should NH end daylight saving time, adopt Atlantic standard time?

Feb 08, 2017

BY: CCNH-LFDA Highlights

On Thursday, January 19 a House committee hosted a public hearing on a bill to adopt Atlantic standard time. 

New Hampshire currently aligns with the Atlantic standard time zone for roughly half the year, when clocks are set forward for daylight savings time. This means that officially changing to Atlantic standard time would have the effect of making daylight saving time permanent, so that clocks are no longer set back an hour in the fall.  

Under the bill, HB 209, New Hampshire would only adopt Atlantic standard time if Massachusetts does, as well. 

Supporters of the bill argue that the current disruption in sleep schedules twice a year contributes to workplace accidents, traffic collisions, and even suicides.  

Opponents argue that it would cause unnecessary confusion for New Hampshire (and Massachusetts) to be on a different clock than the rest of the eastern seaboard.

Do you support a change to Atlantic standard time? Join the discussion by commenting below. 

UPDATE: Read our Citizen Voices℠ report and find out where New Hampshire stands on this issue.

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