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Indiana Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time is a statewide decision.
The decision is made by the state legislature.


Federal Law allows a state or a portion of a state with more than one time zone to opt out of Daylight Saving Time but the law requires that the entire time zone within that state either observe Daylight Saving Time or not observe Daylight Saving Time. The state cannot decide to observe Daylight Saving Time in only select counties. Support for abandoning Daylight Saving Time would need to be statewide.

Opting out of Daylight Saving Time in the Eastern Time portion of the state would require all Eastern Time counties to officially observe Eastern Standard Time year round. As demonstrated prior to 2006, residents and leaders of the counties near Cincinnati and Louisville would be likely to follow "fast time" in the summer despite federal law.
The issue goes beyond the five counties highlighted as residents of neighboring counties also get caught up in questioning whether a stated time is "fast time" or "slow time". Along the Michigan and Ohio state lines the question would be whether a stated time was "Indiana Time" or "Michigan Time" or "Ohio Time" - with that time being different seven months out of the year.

(The issue of "fast time" in Dearborn County was referred to on an episode of The West Wing )

People near the border in other states would be more aware of the time difference and when what time applied. But the further one goes from the state the less likely a person would know exactly what time was observed when. Such confusion is not good for commerce.

In a global economy where Indiana is reaching out for business across all of North America and the world time zones that honor Daylight Saving Time are an important part of maintaining our place in the world, following a standard of time that does not need to be explained.

The Daylight Saving Time issue does not affect the Central Time counties as the consensus there is to always follow DST. Not following CST would lead to a situation where counties in Indiana would be an hour behind the time in neighboring Illinois and Kentucky, effectively on "Mountain Time" (the same time as Denver Colorado) during the summer months.

The other debate: Eastern Time vs Central Time