Lawmaker pushes for Indiana to move to Central time

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE)- Which time zone do you think Indiana should be in? Eastern or Central?

One state lawmaker wants the whole state on the Central Time Zone, and he’s already getting the ball rolling.

Right now, 12 Indiana counties are in the Central Time Zone…the rest of the 80 counties are in the Eastern Time Zone. Even Visit Indiana has a whole page about the state’s time zones so you can check your destination city.

State Senator Greg Walker (R-Columbus) submitted a resolution that urges the Legislative Council to assign a summer study committee to see if Indiana should move completely to the Central Time Zone. He argues the way the state is positioned on the map that Indiana belongs in Central time. Walker says the reason isn’t necessarily to be aligned with Chicago over New York City.

“There are safety considerations,” Walker explained Tuesday. “There are a lot of issues with schools starting much of their calendar it’s dark when they’re moving children in buses and parents transporting in cars. There’s the workforce… in the course of a work day, if they can work in daylight, say they’re in the trades and they work outdoors, construction. I think there are a lot of safety factors.”

Back in the mid-2000s, Indiana began observing Daylight Saving Time.

That caused controversy back then.

Walker said this is different because it’s about the time zone itself, not Daylight Saving Time.

Walker said he’s not sure how long the whole process would take, but the study could start this summer. The resolution passed out of committee Tuesday by a vote of 5 to 1.

State Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) had a time zone resolution in 2016, but the proposal died

To read Walker’s proposal, click here.