It’s the end of the world as they know it

No longer content to be a place where time stands still, all counties in Indiana are about to adopt that crazy new-fangled idea, Dalight Savings Time.

The Dawning of DST in Indiana

Until April 2005, when Indiana passed a law agreeing to observe daylight saving time, the Hoosier state had its own unique and complex time system. Not only is the state split between two time zones, but until recently, only some parts of the state observed daylight saving time while the majority did not.

Under the old system, 77 of the state's 92 counties were in the Eastern Time Zone but did not change to daylight time in April. Instead they remained on standard time all year. That is, except for two counties near Cincinnati, Ohio, and Louisville, Ky., which did use daylight time.

But the counties in the northwest corner of the state (near Chicago) and the southwestern tip (near Evansville), which are in the Central Time Zone, used both standard and daylight time.

The battle between the old system and DST was contentious and hard-won—bills proposing DST had failed more than two dozen times in the past until it squeaked through the state legislature in April 2005. The old, familiar, bewildering system will remain in place for 2005; Indiana will join 47 other states in observing DST in April 2006.

Not to completely distance themselves from all things confusing related to time, the state will still be divided into Central and Eastern Time Zone counties. The federal government recently decided that some previously Eastern Time Zone counties are actually in the Central Time Zone , so this go-round those counties won't have to touch their clocks at all.

I just hope it doesn't cause the students at my alma mater to miss morning meeting.


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