Time Zone Commission Says Massachusetts Should Fall Back No More

Nov 1, 2017

Credit WBUR

       Clocks are to be turned back an hour this weekend, but a study group in Massachusetts is making a case for ending the practice in the future.

       A legislative commission recommended Wednesday that Massachusetts end the practice of changing clocks twice a year saying it would improve health, increase retail sales, save energy, and lower crime. 

      Tom Emswiler, a health advocate, convinced lawmakers to authorize the study and served on the commission.

      "Eastern Standard Time is not the standard at all," Emswiler said.

     The major caveat in the commission’s recommendation is that Massachusetts should, in effect, change time zones only if a majority of other New England states go along.