Delaware Lawmakers Consider Time Zone Change

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Legislators in Delaware have introduced a bill that would move the state to a new time zone, ending the practice of transitioning between Daylight Saving Time and Standard Time in March and November of each year.

The bill would move Delaware to the Atlantic Time Zone, which is one hour ahead of the Eastern Time Zone, and permanently exempting the state from Daylight Saving Time. The bill would only go into effect if neighboring New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland also agreed to sign on.

Supporters of the legislation say the Daylight Saving Time process is antiquated and is proven to cause more vehicular accidents due to the lack of daylight during key hours of the day. Opponents argue that should the state change, other states of the East Coast would be in a different time zone, potentially complicating travel or business transactions.