AUGUSTA – The Maine House of Representatives and the Senate approved bills changing Maine’s time zone.
However, there’s still a couple of issues that need to be ironed out before the state moves from Eastern Standard Time to the Atlantic Time Zone, which is an hour ahead of Maine. Both bills would require the time zone to change only if Massachusetts and New Hampshire change as well.
Senator Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, said “If New Hampshire and Massachusetts were to change to a new time, as they’re both considering right now, would we really want to stay where we are and be landlocked in our own time zone, surrounded by Massachusetts and New Hampshire.”
While both bills hinge on the actions of neighboring states, the sentiment of the house bill would be effective right away, while the senate bill would require Maine voter approval.