AUGUSTA – Several legislators are in favor of changing the state’s time zone, but only if some conditions are met first.
The possible change to the Atlantic Time Zone, which is an hour ahead of the Eastern Standard Time, has been introduced for legislative consideration this year. The main opposition at Wednesday morning’s hearing came from the Maine Association of Broadcasters. a spokesperson for that organization contends changing time zones would be a disaster for television programming.
MAB Executive Director Suzanne Goucher said “Not to mention the fact that they’re looking to shift possibly their operating hours to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in order to accommodate their dealings with businesses in other states. It would be truly a nightmare for us.”
Among other things, those favoring the time change said it would improve workplace productivity. some legislators testifying said they’ll support the time change if other New England States lead the way.
The committee members could vote on whether to recommend passage of the bill as early as next week.